Yael Weiss: 32 Bright Clouds
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:30pm
Yael Weiss, piano
32 Bright Clouds
Beethoven Conversations Around the World
Lauded by contemporaries and critics alike for her visionary interpretations of surpassing depth, immediacy, and communicative power, Weiss brings her dazzling technical skill and expressive sensitivity to bear in this global music commissioning and performing project. Featuring five world premieres by composers from Iran, Syria, Jordan, Ghana, and the Philippines, the power of music conveys a message of unity and peace in response to US and international social environments. Weiss’ beautifully curated performance pairs 32 Beethoven sonatas with 32 newly commissioned piano pieces from 32 highly diverse composers in 32 countries spanning the globe.
- As part of her ongoing effort to foster an appreciation of classical music, Weiss created and recorded “Classical Minutes,” a popular series of daily podcasts available on iTunes.
- The Washington Post proclaims her to be “a pianist who delves deeply and tellingly into that cloudy area where fantasy morphs into improvisation.”
- Weiss also tours worldwide with the Weiss-Kaplan-Strumpf Trio.
- Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 31 No. 3 The Hunt
- Malek Jandali (Syria, b. 1972): The Hunt for Peace (2018, World Premiere)
- Saed Haddad (Jordan, b. 1972): Nuages funèbres (Funereal Clouds) (2018, World Premiere)
- George Mensah Essilfie (Ghana, b. 1967): Hope for the Shackled (2018, World Premiere)
- Beethoven: Sonata in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1 Moonlight (I: Adagio Sostenuto)
- Ananda Sukarlan (Indonesia, b. 1968): No More Moonlight Over Jakarta (2017)
- Sidney Marquez Boquiren (Philippines, b. 1970): Unheard Voices (2018, World Premiere)
- Aida Shirazi (Iran, b. 1987): Après... (2018, World Premiere)
- Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat Major, Op. 81a, Les Adieux
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