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Feb. 21 Cello-Piano Concert to Include Music of Music of Debussy, Shostakovich and Britten

Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 [2:26 PM]



Cabezas Yang Concert January 2014

Cellist Gabriel Cabezas, left, and pianist Amy Yang will perform works by
Claude Debussy, Dmitri Shostakovich, Benjamin Britten, Leoš Janáček and
Osvaldo Golijov on Feb. 21 in Hodge Center for Discipleship.


COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Two rising stars in the classical music universe will give a concert that celebrates composers from the 19th century to the present Feb. 21 at Lindsey Wilson College.


Cellist Gabriel Cabezas and pianist Amy Yang will perform works by Claude Debussy, Dmitri Shostakovich, Benjamin Britten, Leoš Janáček and Osvaldo Golijov. The concert will be at 7 p.m. CT Friday, Feb. 21, in Norma and Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship, 402 Helen Flatt Drive.


"This is sure to be a memorable evening full of rich musical and lyrical impressions," said LWC Cultural Affairs Chair Phil Hanna. "Both of these exciting musicians have extremely promising careers in the field of classical music, and they will perform a selection of music that should stir the soul in the middle of winter. Southcentral Kentucky is fortunate to have two musicians of this caliber perform."


The program will feature "Omaramor" by Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov, who was a 2003 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, known as a "Genius Grant."


Other works to be performed include "Pohadka (Fairy Tale)" by Czech composer Leoš, Claude Debussy's "Sonata in D Minor," Benjamin Britten's "Suite for Solo Cello No. 3" and

Dmitri Shostakovich's "Sonata for Cello and Piano in D Minor."


"The concert features a diverse selection of compositions that begins in the late 19th century and runs up to modern time," Hanna said.


Born in Chicago in 1992, Cabezas begin studying music at the age of 4 and graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music. A critic in the Oregonian wrote that he is "an intense player who connects to the music naturally, without artifice, and brings a singing line to the cello."


Cabezas' debut performance with the Cleveland Orchestra was described in the Plain Dealer as a "remarkably poised and elegant account, with superb attention to phrasing, nuance and tonal coloration."


Cabezas has also performed with Bela Fleck and the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, both at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He has appeared on the National Public Radio program From The Top and the American Public Radio program Performance Today.


Cabezas released Moyugba Orisha in 2007, his first compact disc. Recorded with Portuguese pianist Alexandra Mascolo-David, the CD featured a collection of Latin American works for cello and piano.


Hailed by the New York Concert Review as "a magnificent artist and poet," pianist Yang is a seasoned soloist and chamber musician. In the 2012-13 season, she played more than 70 concerts, which included  Beethoven's "Choral Fantasy" with the Mansfield Symphony.


A  graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School and Yale University School of Music, Yang has performed in major concert halls in the United States as well as in Turkey, Spain, Poland and China. She was a quarterfinalist the Thirteenth International Van Cliburn Piano Competition.


An advocate for new music, she has given world premieres of music by several composers, including Ezra Laderman and Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw.


Yang is the founder of The Schumann Project, a special series of concerts to present Schumann's major solo piano, chamber, and vocal works. In 2012 she released an album of chamber music with clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester. A debut solo album is in the works.


Cellist Gabriel Cabezas and pianist Amy Yang will perform 7 p.m. CT Friday, Feb. 21, in the Hodge Center for Discipleship. For more information: or 270-384-8400.


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