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Santa Barbara Debut
Hanzhi Wang, accordion
(2019/2020 Performing Arts)
“Nothing beats the plaintive lusciousness of Wang’s instrument of choice... her Carnegie Hall debut [was] one of THE big accordion events of the year.” New York Music Daily
“Accordions: so hot right now. Once considered glamorous and sexy, then forgotten, the instrument is making a comeback.” The Atlantic
With impeccable technique and captivating stage presence, classical accordionist Hanzhi Wang comes to Santa Barbara following debuts last season at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Wang’s mastery of her instrument is complemented by her creative programming, spanning her transcriptions of Baroque music, delightful tangos and contemporary works written for the instrument and for Wang herself. A 2017 Young Concert Artists First Prize Winner, her unconventional embrace of keyboard repertoire makes her an enthralling standout among today’s rising stars. A Q&A with the artist will follow the performance.
J.S. Bach: Chaconne in D Minor, BWV 1004 (arr. Busoni)
Sonata in D Minor, K. 9
Sonata in C Major, K. 159
Sonata in G Major, K. 146
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Selections from Pièces de Clavecin
Schnittke: Revis Fairy Tale
Grieg: Selections from Holberg Suite, op. 40
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