Acclaimed Pianist Yuja Wang Returns To Denison's Swasey Chapel
Date of Event: April 12, 2008
Posted: March 31, 2008 / Last Updated: April 1, 2008
“Extravagantly gifted.” “Technique is awesome and flawless.” “Sinewy power, stamina and agility.” Such is the praise from the likes of the San Francisco Chronicle and Chicago Tribune for Yuja Wang. The 21-year-old pianist is winning over audiences across the United States and around the world with her concerts, and she will appear at Denison University at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). The performance is sponsored by the Vail Series. A limited supply of tickets is available to the public for $15.
Wang has firmly established herself as one of the most significant pianists of her generation, already having performed with the world’s leading orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. The Washington Post called her recital “jaw-dropping” and The San Francisco Chronicle wrote “The arrival of Chinese-born pianist Yuja Wang on the musical scene is an exhilarating and unnerving development. To listen to her in action is to re-examine whatever assumptions you may have had about how well the piano can actually be played.” Wang is currently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the winner of the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award. This is her fourth appearance at Denison. Her first was at age 16 in 2003.
The Denison University Chamber Orchestra will join Ms. Wang in closing the program with a performance of the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto, No. 1 in g minor.
Yuja Wang is brought here under the Vail Series, which is made possible through the vision and generosity of the Vail family, whose remarkable endowment continues to provide intimate access to extraordinary artistic events. Through this collaboration of high ideals and magnificent good fortune, Denison’s Vail Series has become synonymous with quality and has gained the respect of the international arts community.
- For a recent review by Joshua Kosman, the San Franisco Chronicle's music critic, link here.
- For a recent review by David Patrick Stearns, classical music critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer, link here.
- To access Yuja Wang's Web site, link to www.yujawang.com
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CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville — Pianist Yuja Wang, Vail Series, performs at 8 p.m. on Sat., April 12, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). Free to Denison students, faculty and staff. A limited number of tickets are available to the public at $15. For tickets and information, call 740-587-6539.
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