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Clarinetist Mingzhe Wang gives DMA recital Dec. 15

November 29, 2011

The Yale School of Music presents clarinetist Mingzhe Wang in a Doctor of Musical Arts recital on Thursday, December 15, 2011. Wang will be joined by three fellow School of Music alumni: pianist Jessica Osborne, violinist Katie Hyun, and cellist Mihai Marica. The recital, which features music by Mozart and Brahms as well as contemporary works, will take place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street).

The concert opens with the Fantasy Pieces, Op. 43, by the Danish Romantic composer Niels Gade. It continues with Chinese Ancient Dances by Chen Yi, one of today’s most prominent women composers who (like Wang) grew up in China and now lives in the U.S.

The first half concludes with Mozart’s Clarinet Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454.

American composer Elliott Carter will soon celebrate his 103rd birthday; Wang will perform his trio “Con Leggerezza Pensosa” with Hyun and Marica. The concert will conclude with Brahms’ Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 120, No. 2.

Admission to the concert is free, and 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 Mingzhe Wang

Mingzhe Wang, a native of Wuhan, China, first studied clarinet at the age of 9. In 1997, Mr. Wang came to the US to study at the Harid Conservatory of Music, graduating magna cum laude in 2001. He earned his master’s degree and artist diploma from the Yale School of Music. A prizewinner in the National Society of Arts and Letters Woodwind Competition (1999), the Orchestral Instrument Competition (2001), and Yale’s Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition, Mr. Wang is committed to promote both the music of our time and the classics. He performed the Chinese premiere of Elliott Carter’s Hiyoku and has worked closely with composers such as Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, Krzystof Penderecki, Aaron Jay Kernis, Lee Hoiby, Paul Schoenfield, and Chen Yi. In addition, he has performed on period clarinets with prominent groups such as the American Classical Orchestra and the Clarion Music Society Orchestra. Mr. Wangs performances have been broadcast on both China’s Central Television and New York’s WQXR. Mr. Wang is currently an assistant professor of clarinet at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. Previously, Mr. Wang taught clarinet to Yale undergraduate students and served on the faculty at the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, Connecticut. He is clarinetist of the Grammy-nominated Gateway Chamber Orchestra, which he co-founded in 2008.

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