Posted: 9/21/17

Debut TAMIU Recital Friday features Pianist Yoonsung Yeo


Dr. Yoonsung Yeo
Dr. Yoonsung Yeo  

Texas A&M International University’s (TAMIU) Dr. Yoonsung Yeo’s debut recital will feature a stunning program of Romantic piano music Friday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Fine & Performing Arts’ (CFPA) Recital Hall.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Yeo’s debut showcases the incredible diversity of the piano through compositions by four of the great composers of the Romantic Period.  

“We are very proud to have been able to attract Dr. Yoonsung Yeo to Laredo last Spring, and are very excited for her first performance in this community,” said Dr. James Moyer, interim chair of the College of Arts and Sciences’ department of Fine and Performing Arts.  

The evening’s program will open with one of the famous Rosamunde Impromptus by Franz Schubert, whose music bridges the divide of classicism and romanticism.  It is considered one of the great challenges of the piano repertoire.

Locally renowned soprano and instructor of voice at TAMIU, Dana Head Crabtree, will join with Dr. Yeo for a performance of the 5 Gypsy Songs by the Czech composer Antonin Dvorak.  The opening half of the program will finish with Robert Schumann’s  “Widmung,” transcribed for piano solo by Franz Liszt.

Brendan Townsend, assistant professor of Music and music director of the Laredo Philharmonic, will collaborate with Dr. Yeo on cello to perform Cesar Franck’s Sonata in A Major.

“It is a great thrill for me to be able to play this incredible sonata with a pianist of Dr. Yeo’s musicianship and skill,’” Townsend said, “It is also fun to switch from conducting to playing cello in public again, especially with this masterpiece of the repertoire.”

Dr. Yeo is a native of South Korea where she studied piano before moving to the United States to pursue advanced graduate studies at Ball State University. Upon completion of her doctoral studies in collaborative piano/organ, she accepted the position of Collaborative Pianist at TAMIU in the Spring of 2017.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Jones Rubio, director, Events and Operations for Fine and Performing Arts, at elizabeth.rubio@tamiu.edu or 326.2646 or visit offices in CFPA 111.

University office hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

For a list of upcoming arts events, visit  tamiu.edu/coas/fpa/coe