Get ready to be swept away by the incredible power and emotion of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. From its iconic opening notes ‘duh-duh-duh-duuuh’ you’ll hear why the Fifth is one of the most popular and beloved symphonies ever composed. Groundbreaking Young Concert Artist Hanzhi Wang performs Astor Piazzolla’s tango-inspired Aconcagua: Concerto for Accordion. The concert opens with a work by a contemporary of Beethoven’s – Luigi Cherubini’s operatic Lodoïska: Overture. Program Notes
Concert preview with Artistic Director Daniel Meyer
Interview with Hanzhi Wang
Hear Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony
conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Meet Guest Artist Hanzhi Wang “Staggering virtuosity that held the audience in a state of breathlessness, as thrilling to watch as to hear.” – OBERON’S GROVE (NEW YORK)
Acclaimed for her “staggering virtuosity,” Hanzhi Wang is the only accordionist to ever win a place on the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 60-year history. An ambassador for her instrument, Hanzhi has been praised for her captivating stage presence and performances that display passion and finesse.
A groundbreaking artist, Hanzhi’s other firsts include being named Musical America’s “New Artist of the Month,” an interview and performance on the 2,145th episode of New York WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase as the first solo accordionist on the program, and the Naxos label’s first-ever solo accordion CD, “On the Path to H.C. Andersen,” which was nominated for the prestigious DR (Danish Radio) P2 Prize in 2019.
A first-prize winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, Hanzhi debuted in New York in The Peter Marino Concert at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. Her Washington, DC debut opened the 40th Anniversary Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center, co-presented with Washington Performing Arts. She holds the Ruth Laredo Prize and Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists of YCA. Learn more
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Hear Beethoven’s Iconic Fifth Symphony February 10
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