Barton College / Wilson Symphony to Present Live-Stream Concert Featuring Renowned Pianist Kwan Yi on April 25

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Pianist Kwan Yi

WILSON, N.C. — March 30, 2021 — The Barton College / Wilson Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present its 2021 Spring Concert on Sunday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre. This year’s concert will feature celebrated pianist Kwan Yi performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3.

“With the experience gained for last semester’s live-stream concert, we are again attempting to reach a larger audience through this technology,” shared conductor Mark N. Peterson. “We are thrilled to perform with this great artist and to present this concerto, which is my personal favorite work in this genre. For this, we have enlisted the help of our new Barton colleague Miguel Elizaldi, who has deep experience with video and Internet applications, along with recently retired faculty member Phil Valera who is returning to capture the audio stream. We hope to reach a large online audience.”

There will be a limit of 30 in-person seats for the symphony’s performance in the Kennedy Family Theatre. All seats must be reserved in advance. Tickets for reserved seating are $10 per person. Admission for Barton faculty, staff, and students is free, but these seats also must be reserved in advance. All seat reservations will be received on a first-call, first-served basis. To make reservations, please contact Mark Peterson at 252-399-6535 or email mpeterson@barton.edu.

For those unable to reserve seats, announcements will be forthcoming on the Barton website and on social media regarding the live-streaming link for the symphony performance.

*All those attending the concert event must wear face masks and observe social distancing protocols.

About the Musician — 

Pianist Kwan Yi has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kimmel Center, Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Center, Mann Performing Arts Center, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Library of Congress, Metropolitan and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museums, Großer Sendesaal des Hessischen Rundfunks, Auditorium du Louvre, Suntory Hall, and Seoul Arts Center.

Yi has appeared as a soloist with the Russian National Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Festival Orchestra under the batons of Hans Graf, Julian Kuerti, and Mikhail Tartanikov. As a solo recitalist and masterclass instructor, he has completed residencies at Bowling Green State University, University of Georgia, and Michigan State University. As a chamber musician, he has collaborated with Itzhak Perlman, Miriam Fried, and Roberto Diaz on national tours and was invited to perform at the Kronberg, Ravinia, Trondheim, and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festivals and Carnegie Hall Presents, Curtis Presents, CIM Mixon Hall Masters, and Peoples’ Symphony Concert Series. His performances have been broadcast by WQXR, Radio France, and Radio Frankfurt. He has recorded for FHR and Hänssler labels with violinist Itamar Zorman.

A recipient of many honors and prizes, Yi’s awards include Mieczyslaw Munz Prize, National Federation of Music Clubs Award, and prizes in the Sendai International Piano Competition in Japan.

Yi is a graduate of the Curtis Institute, Juilliard School and the Peabody Institute where he worked with Leon Fleisher and Robert McDonald. He currently serves as assistant professor of piano at the East Carolina University School of Music.

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