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Onstage — Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat: Pianist Haochen Zhang

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Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 5:00 am | Updated: 11:31 pm, Thu May 29, 2014.

Pianist Haochen Zhang, who was awarded one of the two gold medals handed out at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009, was scheduled to play a recital for the Los Alamos Concert Association two Januarys ago, but inclement weather stranded him on the East Coast, and another pianist went on in his stead. No snow is forecast for Friday, May 23, when his promised visit is finally to take place. Piano classics dominate his program: four Chopin mazurkas, Beethoven’s “Waldstein” Sonata, Brahms’ Three Intermezzi (op. 117), and Bartók’s hard-hitting Piano Sonata (Sz. 80). The pianist also works in a less-familiar piece: Eight Memories in Watercolor (op. 1), by his fellow Chinese musician Tan Dun, whose work is well known to audiences hereabouts thanks to his opera Tea: A Mirror of Soul (mounted by Santa Fe Opera in 2007), not to mention his widely heard film scores for films, including HeroThe Banquet, and especially Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The recital begins at 7 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos High School (1300 Diamond Drive). Tickets ($30) can be acquired through Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (505-988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.org). 

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