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1 October 2020 until 18 October 2020
Baruch Performing Arts Center ONLINE
New York

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Baruch PAC presents Pianist Yael Weiss: 32 Bright Clouds

Yael Weiss, piano

Beethoven: Sonata No.27 in e minor, Op. 90
I: Mit Lebhaftigkeit und durchaus mit Empfindung und Ausdruck
II: Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetrage

Saed Haddad (Jordan, b. 1972): Nuages funèbres (Funereal Clouds) (2018)
(In response to Sonata No. 27. A reflection on the challenges of creating a deep and meaningful peace in the world)
* New York Premiere *

Aslihan Keçebasoglu (Turkey, b. 1994): Ninni (Lullaby) (2019)
(In response to the Sonata No. 28. Dedicated to the victims of the 2013 Gezi Park Protests in Turkey)
* New York Premiere *

Beethoven: Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101
I Etwas Lebhaft und mit der Innigsten Empfindung (Allegretto, ma non troppo)

Beethoven: Sonata No. 29 in A Major, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier”
I Allegro

Bongani Ndodana-Breen (South Africa, b. 1975): Isiko: An African Ritual for Ancestral Intercession (2019, World Premiere)
(In response to the Sonata No. 29. Dedicated to Uyinene Mrwetyana and other victims of femicide in South Africa)
* World Premiere *

Adina Izarra (Venezuela, b. 1959): Arietta for the 150 (2018)
(In response to the Sonata No. 32. Dedicated to the 150 young people whose lives were taken during the 2017 Peace demonstrations in Venezuela.)
* New York Premiere *

Beethoven: Sonata No. 32 in c minor, Op. 111
I Maestoso – Allegro con brio ed appassionato
II Arietta: Adagio molto semplice e cantabile

Baruch PAC presents the Israeli-American pianist Yael Weiss performing music by Beethoven alongside newly commissioned works from her groundbreaking project "32 Bright Clouds". Commemorating Beethoven’s 250th birth anniversary, she’s commissioned composers from 32 countries of conflict and unrest - from Ghana, Iran, and Jordan, to the Philippines, Syria, and Venezuela - all united by musical themes from Beethoven. Each new composition in "32 Bright Clouds", is inspired by one of Beethoven’s 32 Piano Sonatas, and the entire cycle of new works is unified by a single “peace motif” from Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis.

The recital streams online October 1-18, with a special live at-home conversation with Ms. Weiss and some of the composers on October 6 at 7:00 pm EDT. The program features a world premiere by Bongani Ndodana-Breen from South Africa, as well as New York premieres by Saed Haddad (Jordan), Aslihan Keçebasoglu (Turkey), and Adina Izarra (Venezuela).

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