InConcert Sierra’s 2012-13 season opens Sunday with pianist Ju Ying Song, also referred to as J.Y. Song.
“We are ready for an exquisite program that will take our breath away,” said Julie Hardin, executive director of InConcert Sierra.
Song is a former American Pianist Association (APA) winner and was the mentor of last season’s APA winner Spencer Myer whose performance left the audience on its feet with a rousing standing ovation.
“This program will give our concert grand a true opening-of-the-season workout with Beethoven, Schubert, Debussy and Kabalevsky,” said Hardin.
Aileen James, board member, pianist and musicologist noted, “It was the genius and power of Beethoven’s music that propelled the artistic world into the 19th century and the Age of Romanticism. Song will open her program with a set of miniatures seldom heard in a concert setting. Each short masterpiece gives us a brief insight into the scope of Beethoven’s imagination with beautiful melodic ideas, an occasional folk-like rhythm and a few breath-taking outbursts.”
In the second half of the program, Song will present music of the 20th century, featuring two composers who explore the voice of the piano in new languages. Debussy’s music paints pictures in sound, and Kabalevsky’s use of haunting melodies with demanding virtuosity lays bare the Russian soul, James added.
James will be the guest pianist performing the Schubert Fantasia in F minor. Regarding her program, Song said, “It will be a fun program. I’m very much looking forward to it. By the way, I like the tag line, ‘Classical music that will rock your world.’ I’ll try to play a couple of fun, over-the-top encores.”
Song’s numerous career awards include the Petschek Award, which is Juilliard’s highest honor awarded to a pianist.
There will be a pre-concert forum at 1:15 p.m. prior to the performance.