A classical and contemporary pianist known for her concerts around the world will provide a free performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Kalamazoo College’s Dalton Theater.
Lucy Yao began studying piano at age 4 and has performed as a solo pianist, chamber musician, orchestral musician and collaborative pianist. She is one half of the toy piano duo Chromic, and the founder of Strangers in a Room, an interdisciplinary collective of dancers and musicians who give voice to forgotten women in literature and history.
Yao has held collaborative pianist positions at New York University, Interlochen Academy of the Arts, the University of Michigan and the Manhattan School of Music. She is currently based in New York City and her performances include electronics, projection and improvisation.
Her performance at K will feature works inspired by Chopin and the ocean including Mazurka Op. 17 No. 4 by Frédéric Chopin; Gustave Le Gray (2012) by Caroline Shaw; Let Zephyr Only Breathe by Alissa Voth; The Peculiar Purple Pie-man of Porcupine Peak by Angélica Negrón for piano and pre-recorded electronics (2011); The Currents (2012) by Sarah Kirkland Snider; Wait, What? by Leo Chang; and Barcarolle Op. 60 by Frédéric Chopin.