The Kennedy Center


Washington Performing Arts presents Hanzhi Wang, accordion

Thursday, October 11, 2018 7:30 PM

Prepare to have your expectations defied and your ears delighted by the sound, technique, texture, and repertoire of the accordion, in a performance by young Chinese accordionist Hanzhi Wang.

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Washington Performing Arts & Young Concert Artists co-present:
Hanzhi Wang, accordion
  with guest artists Omer Quartet
  Mason Yu & Erica Tursi, violins
  Jinsun Hong, viola
  Alex Cox, cello

Close your eyes while listening to Hanzhi Wang’s Bach, and you will mistake her accordion for a harpsichord. Or an organ. Or four musicians at once. Wang’s formidable mastery of her instrument and captivating stage presence are complemented by her creative programming, spanning transcriptions of Baroque music, delightful tangos, and contemporary works written for the instrument and for Wang herself. Her embrace of transcriptions of the keyboard repertoire—including works on this program by Bach, Mozart, and Moszkowski —make her an unconventional yet captivating choice to join the emerging pianists in this season’s Hayes Series. The program includes solo works by Bach, Gubaidulina, Mozart, Lohse, and Moszkowski; and Piazzolla tangos with the Omer Quartet.

Performance Timing: Part One - 45 min.; Intermission - 18 min.; Part Two - 40 min.

NOTE: Hanzhi Wang will sign CDs following the performance, in the States Gallery outside of the Terrace Theater.