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Shooting-star pianist Yuja Wang opens New World Symphony season

Pianist Yuja Wang
Pianist Yuja Wang

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Yuja Wang performs Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The program also include Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from ‘Peter Grimes,’ Stravinsky’s ‘Pulcinella’ Suite and Gershwin’s ‘Cuban Overture.’ There will be a Wallcast Saturday night. Tickets are $82-$112 at or 305-673-3331.

South Florida Classical Review

By any measure, Yuja Wang is at the top of the game. The Chinese piano phenom launches her North American tour with the New World Symphony’s season-opening program this weekend under Michael Tilson Thomas, playing George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.

Eleven solo recitals follow in October, with Wang performing works by Prokofiev, Chopin and Stravinsky in venues including Carnegie Hall, Toronto’s Royal Conservatory San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall and Boston’s Jordan Hall.

She’ll play Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Philadelphia Orchestra in November and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in December. (Her live CD of the "Rach 3," plus the Prokofiev Concerto No. 2, with Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela will be released Tuesday.)

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