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Yang Plays Tchaikovsky

2018-2019 Season, Masterworks

Yang Plays Tchaikovsky

Jan 26
7:30 PM
Jan 27
3 PM
Century II Concert Hall

featuring Pianist Joyce Yang

DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
DAUGHERTY American Gothic
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
   featuring Joyce Yang

What's interesting about these concerts?

A Symphonic Hat Trick
We enjoy her playing so immensely, award-winning, grammy-nominated, and Juilliard-trained pianist Joyce Yang visits us for her third performance in Wichita since 2013!

A Tough Start
Even though Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto is one of the most popular concertos of all time, the pianist he wrote it for called it “worthless and unplayable!” He changed his tune once it started gaining international popularity with a different pianist.

Great Minds Think Alike
French composer Claude Debussy gave rise to “Impressionist” music, a term normally associated with his fellow countryman, painter Claude Monet. Both Claudes used light, ambiguous gestures in their compositions to create a lush, more complete picture.

These performances are made possible in part by generous gifts from

The Mitchell A. Berman Fund
The Sam & Rie Bloomfield Foundation
The Late Shirley Perkins

Hear samples of the music to be performed at this concert

Joyce Yang

About Pianist Joyce Yang

The Wichita Symphony is proud to welcome back Joyce Yang for her third appearance with our Orchestra! Born in 1986 in Seoul, South Korea, Yang received her first piano lesson from her aunt at the age of four. She first came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Blessed with “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post) and a “wondrous sense of color” (San Francisco Classical Voice), pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity. Yang showcases her colorful musical personality in solo recitals and collaborations with the world’s top orchestras and chamber musicians. In 2017, Yang received her first Grammy nomination (Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance) for her recording of Franck, Kurtág, Previn & Schumann with violinist Augustin Hadelich.  To learn more about Joyce Yang, visit

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