YUJA WANG TO REPLACE MARTHA ARGERICH
With enormous disappointment, we regret to inform you that pianist Martha Argerich has withdrawn from all her Sydney concerts owing to illness. In her own words:
Dear Sydney public, I am terribly sorry to disappoint you and my dearest friend and lifetime musical partner Charles Dutoit who is the father of our daughter Annie. This is a very important event, his anniversary, 40 years after his first visit to your beautiful country. I am unable to travel and play in this moment, feel very weak, exhausted and having physical pains that worry me, please excuse me! In this condition I am afraid to travel such a long way, I ask your forgiveness, to Charles Dutoit, to the orchestra and to you.
In her stead, we’re very fortunate – and delighted – that 30-year-old Chinese virtuoso Yuja Wang will return to Sydney to perform Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto on the same dates at the Sydney Opera House. Maestro Charles Dutoit has not changed the other works in this program: Stravinsky’s Funeral Song, Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat and La Valse by Ravel.
You may remember Yuja Wang from her performances with the SSO in 2015, when she played Brahms' Second Piano Concerto and gave a stunning recital at City Recital Hall. Following those concerts, she was praised in The Sydney Morning Herald for her ‘blistering technique’.
Stravinsky's Funeral Song
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.1
FALLA The Three-Cornered Hat: Suites
RAVEL La Valse
Charles Dutoit conductor
Yuja Wang piano
Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra