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Yuja Wang Joins the North Carolina Symphony for an Explosive Night of Fire and Ice

Posted: January 19, 2010
Pianist Yuja Wang joins the North Carolina Symphony and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry for “Fire and Ice,” at Memorial Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus on Thursday, Feb. 4, and at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5 and 6. All three performances begin at 8pm.

Yuja Wang, named “the most important new pianist to appear in recent years” by The Detroit News, will ignite the stage with her performance of Rachmaninoff’s fiery Piano Concerto No. 3. Ms. Wang, although only 22, already exhibits both a mastery of complex technique and a unique, intoxicating eloquence. She received formal training in her native China, as well as Canada and the U.S. Since her professional debut in 2005, the young pianist has traveled around the world and played with numerous prestigious orchestras in the United States.

Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is notorious for its technical and musical demands on the pianist. With her playing a rare combination of “urgency, personality, imagination, and color” according to International Piano magazine, Ms. Wang is uniquely suited to the task.

“The North Carolina Symphony greatly anticipates the wonderful contrast of the pieces in the program,” says Music Director Grant Llewellyn. The addition of Ms. Wang will undoubtedly help the orchestra express the themes of “Fire and Ice” in a manner that will both challenge and excite audiences.

The concert also features Sibelius’s intriguing and popular Finlandia, as well as his less known but equally captivating Symphony No. 4.

Regular tickets to these Classical Series performances in Raleigh and Chapel Hill range from $30 to $45. Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601. Memorial Hall is located on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on E. Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

For tickets and more information, please visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at or call 919.733.2750.


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