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Pianist Lucas Wong performs music of Berlioz and Crumb

September 21, 2011

Recital features Liszt’s transcription of “Symphonie Fantastique” plus Crumb’s “Makrokosmos” for amplified piano

The Yale School of Music presents the Canadian pianist Lucas Wong in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street). Wong will play two substantial works: Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, transcribed for piano by the virtuoso and composer Franz Liszt, and George Crumb’s Makrokosmos, Vol. II for amplified piano.

Symphonie Fantastique, subtitled An Episode in the Life of an Artist, is a popular and musically groundbreaking work. In five movements, ranging from the opening Reverie to the closing Witches’ Sabbath, it tells the story of a musician who despairs over an unrequited love. It’s the composer’s own story: he fell in love with an actress and poured his feelings into this colorful symphony that Bernstein called psychedelic.

In George Crumb’s Makrokosmos, the piano is amplified so that the audience can hear the sound effects: plucking or muting the strings, running a wire brush across them, resting a piece of paper or glass tumblers on them. Said Robert Miller, who premiered the work in 1974, “Makrokosmos (Vol. II) sounds as though the piano has become an orchestra unto itself.”

The recital is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

About Lucas Wong

Canadian pianist Lucas Wong has built a diversified career as a soloist, collaborative artist, and vocal coach. As a winner of the Début Young Artists Competition, he made his solo debut at the CBC in Vancouver. He was recently nominated by William Bolcom, whose piano works he promotes, as a finalist for the Lili Boulanger Prize. Among other achievements are the Piano Encouragement Award at the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition, the Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize, and the Vancouver Foundation Award. Wong assisted with the West Coast premiere of Bolcom’s opera A Wedding and has made recordings on the First Impression Music (FIM) label. He has been a clinician at the British Columbia Conservatory of Music and a guest lecturer on Debussy at the Juilliard School, and he adjudicated at the Young Musicians Festival at Fairfield University. A faculty member of SongFest at Pepperdine, he is also on staff at Yale Opera and the Opera Theater of Connecticut. After early training at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Lucas Wong earned his B.Mus. degree from the University of British Columbia and the M.M. and M.M.A. degrees from the Yale School of Music under the tutelage of Boris Berman.

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