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Segerstrom Center for the Arts Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall DONNA L. KENDALL CLASSICAL SERIES

YUJA WANG, PIANO Piano Sonata No. 3 in A minor Op. 28

Sergei PROKOFIEV (1891-1953)

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor Op. 58

Frédéric CHOPIN (1810-1849)

Allegro maestoso Scherzo: Molto vivace Largo Finale: Presto non tanto; Agitato

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Frédéric CHOPIN

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Frédéric CHOPIN

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Nikolai KAPUSTIN (b. 1937)

Three Movements from Petrushka

Igor STRAVINSKY (1882-1971)

Danse russe Chez Pétrouchka La semaine grasse Steinway Piano Ms. Wang records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon EXCLUSIVE MANAGEMENT Opus3 Artists 470 Park Avenue South, 9th Floor North, New York, NY 10016

The Philharmonic Society gratefully acknowledges the Donna L. Kendall Foundation for its generous sponsorship of tonight’s performance, and Elizabeth An and Gordon Clune, and Mr. Sam Ersan for their additional support. Exclusive Print Sponsor Although rare, all dates, times, artists, programs, and prices are subject to change. Photographing or recording this performance without permission is prohibited. Kindly disable pagers, cellular phones and other audible devices.

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Pre-concert lecture by Dr. Randy Polevoi, 4pm

PROKOFIEV: PIANO SONATA NO. 3 IN A MINOR, OP. 28 Composed in 1917, the A minor sonata is contemporary with Prokofiev’s famous “Classical” Symphony. In one movement, it is the shortest of all his piano sonatas and, like the fourth sonata, bears the subtitle, “From the Old Notebooks,” alluding to the fact that Prokofiev reworked earlier sketches of the work from his Moscow Conservatory days. A more romantic and expressive spirit pervades this work than earlier works by the composer which displayed a more humorous vein. The sonata makes extensive use of a small number of concentrated motives which are distributed in different themes. The second theme in particular, a lyrical and almost naïve sounding melody, is singled out for intensive development. However, there is no getting past the propulsive and motoric rhythmic energy of the sonata with its relentless triplet rhythm suggesting a cross between a toccata and a tarantella. This sonata, which Prokofiev performed widely during his lifetime, has become an audience favorite for its virtuoso brilliance. CHOPIN: PIANO SONATA NO. 3 IN B MINOR, OP. 58 The Sonata in B minor is Chopin’s last piano sonata. It was composed in 1844 and is dedicated to his pupil, Countess Emilie de Perthuis. It 11

Yuja Wang Program Book  

Sunday, October 13, 2013 Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Yuja Wang Program Book  

Sunday, October 13, 2013 Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall