Grammy-nominated pianist Joyce Yang opens Salida Aspen Concerts' 43rd season July 6

Salida Aspen Concerts, in collaboration with the Aspen Music Festival and School, kicks off its 43rd season of summer classical music concerts with a piano recital by internationally-acclaimed and Grammy-nominated pianist, Joyce Yang.

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Ms. Yang's piano recital will be performed at 7:30 p.m., July 6, 2019, at the Salida High School Auditorium, located at 26 Jones Avenue in Salida, and will include a brief intermission. Ms. Yang will participate in a pre-concert talk at 6:45 p.m. At the age of 19, Ms. Yang won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2005, which brought her to the attention of international audiences and music critics. Ms. Yang has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the BBC Philharmonic, and the Takács, Emerson and Alexander String Quartets, among numerous other world-class orchestras and ensembles. She has performed at the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and other renowned American and international venues. Her performances have been featured and lauded by music critics in the New York Times ("knockout" performance), Washington Post ("poetic") and Los Angeles Times ("extraordinary"). Ms. Yang, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, moved to the United States in 1997, where she graduated from the Juilliard School and received the School's Arthur Rubinstein Prize (2010) and William A. Petschek Piano Recital Award (2011). She is a popular returning artist to the Salida Aspen Summer Concert Series, and Salida Aspen Concerts is pleased to feature her recital as this season's first classical music concert. Ms. Yang's recital will feature performances of solo piano works by Erik Satie, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, and Robert Schumann, including Satie's beloved and melancholic Gymnopedie No. 1 and Gnossienne Nos. 3 and 4, Chopin's Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante, Op. 22, Liszt's Rhapsodie espagnole, and Schumann's Carnaval, scenes mignonnes sur quartre notes, Op. 9. Chopin's Grande polonaise, among his most technically difficult works, was originally composed for orchestra and piano, and the Andante spiananto for solo piano was subsequently composed as an introduction. The orchestral version of the Grande polonaise was featured in the 2002 film, The Pianist. Liszt's Rhapsodie espagnole ("Spanish Rhapsody") was composed in 1858 and is also among Liszt's most technically demanding works. As its title suggests, it incorporates many traditional Spanish melodies, including variations on La Folia, one of Spain's oldest musical themes. Schumann's Carnaval, "Little Scenes on Four Notes," consists of twenty short pieces connected by a recurring motif that evoke masked revelers and characters at the Carnaval festival preceding Lent. Although also among Schumann's most technically difficult works ,Carnaval is today one of Schumann's most commonly performed piano works. Ms. Yang will also perform No. 5, Meine Freuden, of Liszt's transcription of Chopin's Six chants polonais. However, particular works to be performed at the recital are subject to change at the discretion of Ms. Yang. The Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m., and the recital also features a pre-concert discussion at 6:45 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $20. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are admitted for free with an accompanying adult, and an adult accompanying a student may purchase one discounted ticket for $10 at the door. Ms. Yang's recital is generously underwritten by Collegiate Peaks Bank. For more information about Ms. Yang, go to pianistjoyceyang.com. For more information about Salida Aspen Concerts and the 2019 Summer Concert Series, go to www.salidaaspenconcerts.org.

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