Hayes Piano Series

Mahani Teave, piano

Hayes Piano Series
Sat, Oct 28, 2:00 p.m.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Concert pianist, educator, and environmentalist Mahani Teave performs with beguiling intensity and virtuosity. The preeminent Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile) musician balances strength and delicacy in her playing. Teave fell in love with her instrument when the first piano arrived on the Island with a visiting teacher in 1992. Over the next decade, Teave honed her rich phrasing and luminous and powerful technique through intense studies in Chile, at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and in Berlin. Following subsequent tours of Europe and Asia, Teave returned home to provide the Island’s youth with high-quality classical and traditional Polynesian musical experiences that shaped her—establishing a free school of music that gives space to Easter Island’s creative energy and overflowing potential, a testament to Teave’s vision for environmental sustainability. Named twice as one of the 100 Women Leaders of her country, Teave is also recipient of the Scotiabank Advancement of Women Award, and was named honorary Vice President of the World Indigenous Business Forum in 2017. As Teave says, “you feel that you are in a better world when you’re in a recital,” and her performance at the Terrace Theater promises to confirm this.

This performance is an external rental presented in coordination with the Kennedy Center Campus Rentals Office and is not produced by the Kennedy Center.

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Program Details

Ancestral Rapa Nui/José Miguel Tobar – I hē a Hotumatu’a
Alejandro Arevalo – Suite Rapa Nui
Johann Sebastian Bach – Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 903
Frédéric Chopin – Nocturne in B-flat minor, op. 9, no. 1
Frédéric Chopin – Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, op. 60
Franz Liszt – Ballade No. 2 in B Minor, S.171
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Selections from 6 Moments Musicaux, op. 16

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Our Partners

This engagement of Mahani Teave is made possible in part through the generous support of the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts and the Special Presenter Initiatives program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The Hayes Piano Series is made possible in part through the generous support of Susan S. Angell.

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

His Excellency Juan Gabriel Valdés, Ambassador of Chile, 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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