Chinese Pianist Brings A Little Chopin to Milwaukee

Jun 21, 2013

Pianist Xiayin Wang performs in concert Sunday with Milwaukee’s Fine Arts Quartet.

Pianist Xiayin Wang
Credit Xiayin Wang

Milwaukee’s Fine Arts Quartet has been in residence at UW-Milwaukee for a half-century – the same length the college’s Peck School of the Arts has been in existence. 

A more recent tradition for the Quartet is its Summer Evenings of Music, typically a series of four concerts through the month of June. Among the hallmarks of the series is the inclusion of guest performers and a move away from standard quartet repertoire.

Sunday, guest pianist Xiayin Wang will join the Fine Arts Quartet for a concert that includes Chopin’s Piano Concerto #1, in a chamber ensemble arrangement. Wang is a native of China, and for the last 15 years, has carved out an impressive set of credits and recordings, but she is particularly enjoys her stage performances.

"Everything comes out on the stage," she says. "Everything comes out when you perform, I think. Agreements, or disagreements, or arguments – definitely, it comes out in the performance."

Wang will perform at the Zelazo Center on the campus of UW-Milwaukee. The concert also includes works by Stravinsky and Ravel. The show helps wrap up the 50th anniversary celebration of the Peck School of the Arts.