Avi Avital, mandolin
Hanzhi Wang, accordion

Saturday, October 21, 2023, 7:30 PM

AVI AVITAL, mandolin
HANZHI WANG, accordion
Sat, Oct 21, 7:30 p.m.
Sixth & I

Hayes Series alumna and champion concert accordionist Hanzhi Wang is celebrated for her extraordinary virtuosity and captivating stage presence. Grammy-nominated classical mandolinist Avi Avital is best known for his interpretations of popular Baroque and folk music written for performance by other instruments. The duo’s delightfully surprising and equally impressive collaboration comes to the Sixth & I stage in October. Hear a varied program including Bartók’s playful Romanian Folk Dances, Stravinsky’s graceful and lamenting Suite Italienne from Pulcinella, Saint-Saens’s passionate Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, Sarasate’s Spanish Dances, Op. 22, and more. The vivacious musicality of this duo is not to be missed!

Program Details

Fritz Kreisler – Praeludium and Allegro in the Style of Pugnani
Igor Stravinsky – “Suite italienne” from Pulcinella
Johann Sebastian Bach – “Chaconne” from Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
Johann Sebastian Bach – Aria and Variations Nos. 1, 7, 14, 18, and 29 from Goldberg Variations
Béla Bartók – Romanian Folk Dances, Sz. 56
Pablo de Saraste – “Romanza andaluza” from Spanish Dances, op. 22
Manuel de Falla – Danse Espagnole No. 1 from La Vida Breve
Camille Saint-Saëns – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, op. 28

View Program details here.

Our Partners

This performance is made possible through the generous support of the following sponsors: Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts; Gordon and Lisa Rush.

Washington Performing Arts’s classical music performances this season are made possible in part through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.

Performances at Sixth & I are made possible in part through the generous support of the Galena-Yorktown Foundation.

His Excellency Michael Herzog, Ambassador of The State of Israel to The United States of America, is the honorary patron of this engagement.

This is one of fourteen 2023-24 season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s The World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via the presentation of international visiting artists, globally inspired local programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

Special thanks to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; and the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

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