Award-winning pianist Chu-Fang Huang will be the featured soloist when Stamford Symphony Orchestra puts on its second concerts of the season, Nov. 9 and 10. A finalist in the Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Huang will perform two concertos – Johann Sebastian Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 5, and Dmitry Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, op. 35.
A 2011 Avery Fisher Career Grant recipient, Huang has excelled at a number of competition over her career, including her first-place showing at the Cleveland Piano Competition in 2005, the same year she made it to the top of the Van Cliburn competition.
Her playing has taken her around the world. She has made stops in Canada, China (where she was born and raised), Germany, France and other countries.
You may be drawn to to the Stamford performances to see Huang, but the rest of the program will showcase the talent of the symphony. The program includes Bach’s Sinfonia in F minor, Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 85.
Haydn’s piece also is known as “La Reine,” as it was supposedly fancied by the French queen, Marie Antoinette, and Clyne’s contemporary work is written for 15 string instruments that is dedicated to her mother, according to program notes.
If you want to learn more about the pieces, conductor Eckart Preu will offer a free “Behind the Baton,” talk that focuses on the highlights of the program at both concerts. They begin an hour before the concert. And, if you are under the age of 18, and arrive with an accompanying adult you also will get in free to Sunday’s concert. You may also want to save time for Sunday’s MusiKids program, a free program that kicks off at 2 p.m. on Sunday and will feature Huang and a musical educator from the symphony.