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horow itz p ia no s eri es Boris Berman, Artistic Director

Wei-Yi Yang piano

morse recital hall

music of

January 25, 2012 Wednesday at 8 pm

Ravel Schubert

Robert Blocker, Dean

Wei-Yi Ya ng Horowitz Piano Series • Boris Berman, Artistic Director January 25, 2012 • Sprague Memorial Hall

Franz Schubert 1797–1828

Four Waltzes from Valses Nobles & Valses Sentimentales, D. 779 and D. 969 (1827)

Maurice Ravel 1875–1937

Valses nobles et sentimentales (1911) Modéré Assez lent Modéré Assez animé Presque lent Vif Moins vif Epilogue: lent

Miroirs (1905) Noctuelles (Night moths) Oiseaux tristes (Sad birds) Une barque sur l’océan (A boat on the ocean) Alborada del gracioso (The gracioso’s aubade) La vallée des cloches (The valley of bells)


Franz Schubert 1797–1828

Sonata in A major, D. 959 (1828) Allegro Andantino Scherzo: Allegro vivace Rondo: Allegretto

As a courtesy to the performers and audience, turn off cell phones and pagers. Please do not leave the hall during selections. Photography or recording of any kind is prohibited.

About the Artist

Internationally acclaimed pianist Wei-Yi Yang enjoys a flourishing concert career, appearing before audiences in North and Central Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia, in solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and with symphony orchestras. Mr. Yang was praised by the New York Times as the soloist in a “sensational” performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall. Winner of the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the San Antonio International Piano Competition, Mr. Yang has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, Merkin Hall, the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Kennedy Center, the Kumho Art Hall (Seoul), Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Great Hall (Leeds, England), Taiwan National Concert Hall, Royal Dublin Society, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, among others. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Yang has performed with members of the Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Minnesota Orchestras; the New York Philharmonic; the Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Singapore, and London Symph0onies; the Orpheus and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestras; and Orquestra do Estado de São Paulo, among others. Born in Taiwan of Chinese and Japanese heritage, Mr. Yang was educated first in the United Kingdom, and then as a scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Arkady Aronov at the Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Yang has worked with such artists as Claude Frank, Peter Frankl, Vera Gornostaeva, Byron Janis,

Murray Perahia, and the late Hans Graf. Under the guidance of Boris Berman, Mr. Yang received the dma degree from Yale in 2004. In demand as a guest teacher and lecturer, he has recently presented master classes and performances in Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, and Daejeon, Korea, and in such institutions as Princeton, University of Missouri, Syracuse University, and Ithaca College. Mr. Yang’s performances are heard and seen around the world via television, radio, and web broadcasting. He can be heard on the Renegade Classics, Albany Records, and Holland-America Music Society labels. Mr. Yang has appeared at festivals in Novi Sad (Serbia), Monterrey (Mexico), Kotor (Montenegro), PianoFest (Long Island), Norfolk (Connecticut), Napa Valley, and La Jolla (California). Mr. Yang has recently collaborated with such artists as Frederica von Stade, Richard Stoltzman, David Shifrin, and the Pacifica, Cassatt, and Tokyo String Quartets. This season in New Haven, Mr. Yang can be heard sharing a “Schubertiade” with Michael Friedmann in March, and in April at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments with cellist Clive Greensmith, in a special concert on period instruments featuring the complete works for cello and piano by Mendelssohn. Wei-Yi Yang joined the faculty of Yale University in 2005. This is Mr. Yang’s third concert on the Horowitz Piano Series that features a major solo work by Schubert.

Upcoming Events

Chamber Music of France

Hung-Kuan Chen, piano

january 29

february 8

Morse Recital Hall | Sunday | 4 pm Faculty Artist Series Wendy Sharp, violin, and friends perform chamber works by Milhaud, Ravel, and Fauré. Free admission.

Morse Recital Hall | Wednesday | 8 pm Horowitz Piano Series Beethoven: Sonata in E minor, Op. 90; Sonata in A major, Op. 101; Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier.” Tickets $12–$22, Students $6–$9.

Chamber Music of Brahms Ilya Poletaev, piano

january 31 Morse Recital Hall | Tuesday | 8 pm Faculty Artist Series Boris Berman, piano; Julie Eskar, violin; Ettore Causa, viola; and Clive Greensmith, cello. Free admission.

february 9 Morse Recital Hall | Thursday | 10:30 am A lecture-recital on Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760–1812), using a fortepiano. Free.

Così fan tutte New Music New Haven

february 10–12

february 2 Morse Recital Hall | Thursday | 8 pm New Music New Haven Featuring Ezra Laderman’s Piano Sonata No. 5, with pianist Amy J. Yang. Free admission.

Shubert Theater Friday & Saturday, 8 pm | Sunday, 2 pm Yale Opera presents a new production of Mozart’s comedy. Tickets $19–41, Students $13, available at

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Robert Blocker, Dean

Wei-Yi Yang, piano  

Ravel's Valses nobles et sentimentales, the composer's elegant tribute to the waltzes of Vienna, and his enigmatic symbolist collection Miro...

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