Yang to perform with Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Tuesday

Northwestern State Associate Professor of Piano Dr. Francis Yang will perform with the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall.

Tickets are $15 per concert and free for Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students. Memberships to the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society start at $50 with higher sponsorship levels providing additional benefits. For more information on memberships, contact Symphony Society President Loren Ford at lorenford56@gmail.com.

Yang will perform Schumann’s “Piano Concerto in A minor.” Yang has performed in cities such as Paris, Montreal, Vancouver, Quito and Montevideo at events such as the 37th International Festival Encuentros in Buenos Aires, the Wandsworth Arts Festival in London, a lecture recital at the Royal Academy of Music and the VIII Bienal of Contemporary Music in Cuenca, Ecuador. He has played with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Cuenca and the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony.

Yang has given master classes in Ecuador, Argentina, Singapore, China, Canada and throughout the U.S. He has been invited to serve as adjudicator for competitions both nationally and internationally, including the Ars Nova International Piano Competition (Singapore), the Seattle International Piano Competition and as preliminary juror for the Louisiana International Piano Competition.

Prior to his appointment at NSU, Yang served for four years as professor and director of piano studies at the Universidad de Cuenca, in Cuenca, Ecuador. Yang also taught at the Université de Montréal, the University of Ottawa and the University of Alberta as adjunct professor and teaching assistant. Yang received his doctorate from the Université de Montréal, his master’s from the University of Kansas and a bachelor’s from the University of Michigan, and studied with pianists Stephane Lemelin, Richard Angeletti, Sequeira Costa, Robert Rogers and John Bloomfield.

Also on the program are Haydn’s overture to his opera, “L’Isola Disabitata” (Deserted Island), Eric Whitacre’s “October,” and Telemann’s “Don Quixote Suite.”


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