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Cellist Alvin Wong plays Beethoven, Chen Yi, and more in DMA recital Nov. 13

Recital also includes pieces by Augusta Read Thomas, Zhou Long, Prokofiev, and Martinu
November 11, 2014

wong_alvin_2013Cellist Yan Ming Alvin Wong will give his DMA recital on Thursday, November 13 at 7:30 pm. The recital, which includes music by composers as diverse as Beethoven, Prokofiev, Augusta Read Thomas, and Zhou Long, will also feature pianist Lindsay Garritson.

The program opens with Beethoven’s Seven Variations on “Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen,” WoO 46, and continues with Prokofiev’s Sonata in C Major, Op. 119. Composer Augusta Read Thomas is a graduate of Yale, and Wong will play her Spring Song, written in 1995.

Wong will then play two pieces by contemporary Chinese composers: Chen Yi’s Memory and Zhou Long’s Wild Grass for cello and tape. The piece, written in 1993, incorporates the voice of the composer reciting a poem in Chinese. The program concludes with Martinu’s Variations on a Theme of Rossini.

The recital, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Morse Recital Hall (located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street, New Haven). The event will also stream live on the School of Music’s website. LIVE STREAM

About the Artist

Hailed by the press for his tone that “filled the hall” with “soothing richness” and “moments of magic” in his playing, cellist Alvin Wong has appeared in concerts across five continents in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, and the Hong Kong Cultural Center, and in music festivals such as Atlantic (USA), iPalpiti (USA), Carvalho (Brazil), Mimir (Australia), Thailand International Composition Festival, and Intimacy of Creativity (Hong Kong).

An enthusiast of new music, Alvin has premiered concerti written for him by Barry Conyngham, Angel Lam, and James Ogburn, and cello works by composers such as Chen Yi, Stuart Greenbaum, Norbert Palej, and Federico Garcia. He holds degrees in music from Eastman, Indiana and Yale, where he received an Artist Diploma. His major teachers are Aldo Parisot and Janos Starker. Since January 2014, Alvin has been a faculty member at the University of Melbourne’s Conservatorium of Music.