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Wei-Yi Yang performs Spanish program Oct. 10

October 3, 2012

The Yale School of Music opens the 2012—2013 season of the Horowitz Piano Series with a recital by the “untiring, passionate, and poetic” (Classics Today) pianist Wei-Yi Yang on Wednesday, October 10.

The centerpiece of the program is Enrique Granados’s masterful Goyescas, a neo-Romantic piano suite inspired by the work of the Spanish painter Francisco Goya. Goyescas exemplifies Granados’s ornamental style, uniquely colored by nationalist folk melodies. The performance will be accompanied by projections of Goya’s art.

Music of Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, French composers inspired by the sonorities of Spain, will bookend the Goyescas. Yang will open his recital with Debussy’s “…La serenade interrompue” (The Interrupted Serenade), from the composer’s Preludes, Book I.  Concluding the program is Ravel’s “Alborada del Gracioso” (Dawn Song of the Jester), whose rhythms and chords mimic the sound of Spanish guitars.

The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College St., New Haven. The Horowitz Piano Series is directed by Boris Berman.

Tickets are $12–22, $6–9 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.


About Wei-Yi Yang

Pianist Wei-Yi Yang enjoys a flourishing concert career, appearing before audiences in North and Central Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia. The New York Times praised him as the soloist in a “sensational” performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall. Winner of the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has performed in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Kumho Art Hall (Seoul), among many others. Born in Taiwan of Chinese and Japanese heritage, Mr. Yang studied with Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of Music and has worked with such artists as Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Murray Perahia, and Hans Graf. Under the guidance of Boris Berman, Mr. Yang was awarded a DMA from the Yale School of Music in 2004. He can be heard on the Renegade Classics, Albany, and Holland-America Music Society labels. He has appeared at festivals in Novi Sad, Monterrey, Kotor, Norfolk, and La Jolla, among others. Mr. Yang has recently collaborated with such artists as Frederica von Stade and the Pacifica, Cassatt, and Tokyo String Quartets. He joined the Yale faculty in 2005.

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