DOUG DUNSTON, conductor, Claremont Festival Orchestra
Wang will perform with an orchestra conducted by Douglas Dunston, a candidate for the doctor of musical arts degree at The Claremont Graduate School. The performance will begin with Johann Sebastian Bach's "Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue," (1738) a masterpiece of the highest caliber by one of the world's greatest composers. Bach's command of musical substance reaches from crafting of infinitesimal detail to broad arches of harmonic structure, all of which are infused with an intense, almost volcanically delivered emotional energy. Felix Mendelssohn's iridescent overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream (1600) continues the program, after which Wang will return to the piano to play the original, solo piano version of George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" (1924). This most famous of Gershwin's works is a tour de force for the concert pianist, rhythmically exuberant and colorfully nuanced, as well as an American classic. Bela Bartok's orchestral version of the evocative "Rumanian Folk Dances" (1915) follows, and the program concludes with Frederic Chopin's "Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise for Piano and Orchestra" (1836), a work of true Romantic charm and ineffable brilliance.