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Joyce Yang & Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

Thursday, April 5, 2018 8:00PM

Joyce Yang & Aspen Santa Fe Ballet

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Irvine Barclay Theatre

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Nicolo Fonte, choreographer
Jirí Kylián, choreographer
Jorma Elo, choreographer
Joyce Yang, piano

Co-presented with the Irvine Barclay Theatre

Part of the Eclectic Orange Series, sponsored by Judith and Howard Jelinek

Where We Left Off (Nicolo Fonte)
GLASS: Mad Rush, Metamorphosis II

Return to a Strange Land (Jirí Kylián)
JANÁCEK: On an Overgrown Path, Sonata “1905”, Diary of One Who Disappeared (excerpts)

New Work (Jorma Elo)
(world premiere, Philharmonic Society of Orange County co-commission)

Merging ballet performances with piano playing, pianist Joyce Yang returns to Orange County sharing the stage with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in a new collaboration featuring works by renowned choreographers Jorma Elo, Jirí Kylián, and Nicolo Fonte.

Praised by the Los Angeles Times for her “compelling virtuosity and sensitivity,” pianist Joyce Yang came to international attention in 2005 when she won the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest contestant at 19 years old, she took home two additional awards: the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for Best Performance of Chamber Music (with the Takàcs Quartet) and the Beverley Taylor Smith Award for Best Performance of a New Work. Since her spectacular debut, she has blossomed into an “astonishing artist” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung), who captivates audiences all over the world with her virtuosity, lyricism, and interpretive sensitivity.

Winner of the 2015 Santa Fe Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is a jewel of a dance company in the American West. A deep commitment to curating new ballets while cultivating choreographic talent has resulted in a catalogue of adventurous repertoire. A European sensibility glossed with American ebullience forges ASFB’s aesthetic, as the company has come to epitomize the contemporary-classical genre.