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CVNC: An Online Arts Journal in North Carolina | By Steve Row
January 29, 2015 – Greenville, NC | The word must have gotten out among keyboard aficionados that someone special was coming to perform as a guest pianist at East Carolina University. Of course, many students were in the Fletcher Recital Hall auditorium, but many from the community were attending, too. And visiting Yale University faculty pianist Wei-Yi Yang gave a memorable program that generated a strong response from the nearly full house.
Yang fashioned a program he called “Mysterium” around the centenary of the death of Alexander Scriabin, yet another of the musical greats of the past who died far too soon (in his case, at age 43.) The interesting aspect of Yang’s program was that he combined works by Scriabin with works by Chopin and Liszt, showing that the line between early Romantic to mid-Romantic and the cusp of more modern music is not as long as one might think. MORE