Nine-year-old William Yang will be a Chopin-playing spectacular musician this Halloween, but it won’t be a costume.
This Saturday, October 30, at 7:00 p.m. you can hear him and graduate student Anton Melnichenko perform “Slavonic Selections: A Piano Recital in Concert” on a concert grand piano at the Sokol Hall in the West Seventh neighborhood.
Yang, from Eden Prairie, will perform selections from a broad range of composers, including Frédéric Chopin. Joe Landsberger, president of Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota, heard Yang perform last year and was so impressed he soon booked Yang for this year’s recital.
“I heard him at the Polish Festival last year [when Yang was eight], and he was dazzling then,” Landsberger commented.
Melnichenko studies under Alexander Braginsky at Hamline University and will perform selections from Czech composers as well as Chopin.
There will be Slovak potica and Czech kolache (pastries) for sale!
The recital is a cultural music event and a fundraiser for Sokol Hall. Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota, which is hosting the event with Wells Piano, hopes this is the first step in expanding its cultural offerings. Sokol Hall, which is 123 years-old, hosts festivals, dinners, classes and many events each year.
There is a suggested donation for entry: $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Visit http://www.sokolmn.org/ for more information.
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