The Fairfield Public Library offers Musical Treasures on Sunday, November 18th, an afternoon of music with violinist Katie Lansdale and pianist Wei-Yi Yang as they reveal a shimmering array of musical jewels.
Bach’s luminous counterpoint in the Sonata in A Major, Prokofiev’s glowing Five Melodies and Brahms’ sparkling Hungarian Dances surround a long lost gem: the rarely heard Mendelssohn Sonata for Violin and Piano. The artists will discuss and present the music and join the audience afterwards for a reception.
Katie Lansdale is the violinist in the Lion’s Gate Trio, the internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble which performs in the Library’s Soundwaves concerts twice a year. An accomplished solo performer as well, she was described by The Washing ton Post as “a most assured, imaginative and colorful performer.” She studied humanities as an undergraduate at Yale, earning prizes in both the arts and humanities, and later earned graduate music degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Manhattan School of Music. Having taught at University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Boston University and at State University of New York-Stony Brook, she now teaches at the University of Hartford.
Pianist Wei-Yi Yang is an associate professor (adjunct) of Piano at Yale University. An internationally acclaimed pianist Wei-Yi Yang enjoys a flourishing concert career, appearing before audiences in North and Central Americas, Asia, Europe, and Australia, in solo recitals, chamber music concerts and with symphony orchestras from the Midwest to Brazil. Most recently, Mr. Yang was praised by The New York Times as the soloist in a “sensational” performance of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie at Carnegie Hall.
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