Venue: Overture Hall
Friday, January 19, 2024
Saturday, January 20, 2024
Sunday, January 21, 2024
$15 – $102
Only through the Overture Center Box Office, 201 State Street
This month, I not only continue to celebrate my 30th anniversary season, but I celebrate a milestone birthday. I have chosen two desert island favorites of mine for the occasion and invite you to come celebrate with me. Joyce Yang played so wonderfully a few seasons ago, that I wanted to bring her back immediately. She will play one of the great piano concertos of Mozart. Mozart is considered the perfect pairing with Gustav Mahler, so I have done just that. Mahler’s great fifth symphony, with its famous Adagietto movement extracted for the movie Death in Venice, is a colossal work for a very large orchestra. The Adagietto movement is scored only for harp and strings and is of exquisite beauty. This will be the MSO’s second performance of this masterwork. Treat yourself to the sonic experience of a Mahler symphony and the sublime perfection of a Mozart piano concerto. – John DeMain, Music Director
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K. 491
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5
John DeMain, Music Director
Joyce Yang, Piano
Take Note: Drinks Allowed in Overture Hall
As of this season, drinks are allowed inside Overture Hall during all Madison Symphony Orchestra concerts. Refreshments may be purchased at bars and concession stands located around the Overture Hall lobby before each concert and during intermission. Please enjoy food in the lobby and unwrap any candy or cough drops before the performance begins. Thank you!
Enjoy a 30-minute talk with Michael Allsen starting one hour before each concert in Overture Hall. Free to ticketholders.
Ms. Yang’s performance was sensational.
Her attention to detail and clarity is as impressive as her agility, balance and velocity.
Joyce was astounding and a great performer. We really enjoyed the emotion she put into her performance.
David and Kato Perlman
Cyrena and Lee Pondrom
Fred A. Wileman
Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity.
She first came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at 19 years old, she took home two additional awards: Best Performance of Chamber Music (with the Takàcs Quartet), and Best Performance of a New Work. In 2006, Yang made her celebrated New York Philharmonic debut alongside Lorin Maazel at Avery Fisher Hall along with the orchestra’s tour of Asia, making a triumphant return to her hometown of Seoul, South Korea. Yang’s subsequent appearances with the New York Philharmonic have included opening night of the 2008 Leonard Bernstein Festival – an appearance made at the request of Maazel in his final season as music director. The New York Times pronounced her performance in Bernstein’s The Age of Anxiety a “knockout.”
In the last decade, Yang has blossomed into an “astonishing artist” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), showcasing her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians through more than 1,000 debuts and re-engagements. She received the 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant and earned her first Grammy nomination (Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance) for her recording of Franck, Kurtág, Previn & Schumann with violinist Augustin Hadelich (“One can only sit in misty-eyed amazement at their insightful flair and spontaneity.” – The Strad). She has become a staple of the summer festival circuit with frequent appearances on the programs of the Aspen Summer Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest and the Seattle Chamber Music Society.
Born in 1986 in Seoul, South Korea, Yang received her first piano lesson from her aunt at the age of four. She quickly took to the instrument, which she received as a birthday present. Over the next few years, she won several national piano competitions in her native country. By the age of ten, she had entered the School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts, and went on to make a number of concerto and recital appearances in Seoul and Daejeon. In 1997, Yang moved to the United States to begin studies at the pre-college division of the Juilliard School with Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky. During her first year at Juilliard, Yang won the pre-college division Concerto Competition, resulting in a performance of Haydn’s Keyboard Concerto in D with the Juilliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra. After winning the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Greenfield Student Competition, she performed Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with that orchestra at just twelve years old. She graduated from Juilliard with special honor as the recipient of the school’s 2010 Arthur Rubinstein Prize, and in 2011 she won its 30th Annual William A. Petschek Piano Recital Award.
Yang appears in the film In the Heart of Music, a documentary about the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. She is a Steinway artist.