photo by Andrew Hurlbut

Great artists give free concerts at New England Conservatory—simply because they teach here.

Hung-Kuan Chen, who along with his work at NEC codirects the International Piano Academy in Shanghai, celebrates 31 years of personal and artistic partnership with his wife Tema Blackstone on a program that includes several cherished friends and students. Guests are Robert Blocker, Dean of the Yale School of Music and "great friend and inspiration"; Sean Chen, current student of Chen and Blackstone and winner of the Crystal prize at the 2013 Van Cliburn Competition; composer and pianist Yehudi Wyner, and Niu Niu, 16-year old piano student at the Walnut Hill School, recipient of the Artemisia Foundation's prize, and an EMI recording artist.

The program includes:

Johann Sebastian Bach:from Cantata 106: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106       
Robert Blocker, piano

Yehudi Wyner:from New Fantasies (1991)
From the Flow
Addio, Addio Roma   
Yehudi Wyner, piano

Sergei Rachmaninoff:Suite No. 2 for two pianos, op. 17       
Hung-Kuan Chen, Tema Blackstone, piano

Bach/Busoni:Chorale Prelude: Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (BV B 27/3)       
Hung-Kuan Chen, piano

Frédéric Chopin:Ballade in G Minor, op. 23
Nocturne No. 20 in C-sharp Minor,op. posth.       
Niu Niu, piano

Maurice Ravel:La Valse       
Sean Chen, piano

Sergei Rachmaninoff:Sonata in B-flat Minor, op. 3
Hung-Kuan Chen, piano

Date: November 3, 2013 - 8:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: NEC’s Jordan Hall

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