March 31, 97

Vol. 12 , No. 09   


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Senior Piano Recital
MAGGIE WANG '97, piano
DOUG DUNSTON, conductor, Claremont Festival Orchestra
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 1997

Maggie Wang began studying piano with Evelyn Hood at the age of six, and in the last ten years she has worked with Yin Yin Huang and Ace Vedo. Currently, she studies with Hao Huang, professor of piano at Scripps College. She is best known to Athenaeum visitors for her frequent performances at Athenaeum receptions, playing both alone and as a member of a piano trio. A Claremont McKenna senior double majoring in government and piano performance, Wang has been an Athenas varsity swim and water polo team member. This season, she was the SCIAC Athlete of the Year for swimming and diving.

Wang will perform with an orchestra conducted by Douglas Dunston, a candidate for the doctor of musical arts degree at The Claremont Graduate School. The performance will begin with Johann Sebastian Bach's "Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue," (1738) a masterpiece of the highest caliber by one of the world's greatest composers. Bach's command of musical substance reaches from crafting of infinitesimal detail to broad arches of harmonic structure, all of which are infused with an intense, almost volcanically delivered emotional energy. Felix Mendelssohn's iridescent overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream (1600) continues the program, after which Wang will return to the piano to play the original, solo piano version of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" (1924). This most famous of Gershwin's works is a tour de force for the concert pianist, rhythmically exuberant and colorfully nuanced, as well as an American classic. Bela Bartok's orchestral version of the evocative "Rumanian Folk Dances" (1915) follows, and the program concludes with Frederic Chopin's "Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise for Piano and Orchestra" (1836), a work of true Romantic charm and ineffable brilliance.