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“Pianist Jenny Lin gave a recital…that was as thoughtfully conceived as it was beautifully executed…. Deeply felt performances.”
The Washington Post 

One of today’s foremost champions of the étude—a work balancing artistic expression with technical instruction—pianist and 2021 Hayes Artist* Jenny Lin takes a fascinating and revealing look at the form. The Headline Artist program will be divided into several brief, all-new performance sets recorded just for Home Delivery Plus at Taiwan’s National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Weiwuying), each devoted to a specific composer. Lin will introduce each set with a pre-recorded video story or composer interview before performing a selection of études. The repertoire will include classic works by Chopin and Liszt, George Gershwin standards arranged by Earl Wild, and études by two of America’s greatest living composers, both National Medal of Arts honorees: Philip Glass and William Bolcom. 

Program: Études by CHOPIN, LISZT, GERSHWIN/WILD, PHILIP GLASS, and WILLIAM BOLCOM. 

Featuring a Headline Artist performance plus: 

Soundcheck: Free resources to help you prepare for the event (see below). Featuring an exclusive inside-look video of Jenny Lin sharing some of her practicing techniques, program notes by Jenny Lin herself, a Spotify playlist of études curated by NPR Arts reporter and Home Delivery Plus Series Host Anastasia Tsioulcas, and more.

Linger Longer: A post-performance discussion of the mental, emotional, and physical aspects of preparing for performance, featuring Jenny Lin, NPR Arts reporter and Home Delivery Plus Series Host Anastasia Tsioulcas, and writer, technologist, and Zen priest Dan Zigmond. (Note: This content will be available to purchasers of this event during the streaming period from JAN 29–FEB 4.)

*HAYES PIANO SERIES GOES VIRTUAL: Established in 1966 in honor of Washington Performing Arts founder Patrick Hayes and his wife, Evelyn Swarthout Hayes, the Hayes Piano Series has featured recitals by some of the world’s finest emerging pianists. Although the in-person subscription series is on hiatus due to the current pandemic, we are pleased to welcome Jenny Lin and Schaghajegh Nosrati to the extraordinary lineage of “Hayes Artists” in 2021.

Single-Event Price: $20

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Anastasia Tsioulcas

Notes on the Spotify Playlist
Curated by Anastasia Tsioulcas

Études hold a particular fascination for pianist Jenny Lin; throughout her career, she has made something of a specialty of playing them, from seminal piano studies written by Chopin and Liszt to those written by two of America's great living composers, William Bolcom and Philip Glass. (She was one of the first pianists to record all of Glass’s piano études.) Within the concentrated scope of each virtuosic study—a form originally meant to explore a particular facet of technique, and whose name simply translates as "study" in French—Lin finds plenty of imaginative room to roam.

For her ongoing "Études Project," Lin has invited a number of younger composers like Victor Baez and Stephanie Ann Boyd, both members of New York's ICEBERG collective, to write their own piano études. In her performances and recordings, Lin demonstrates how composers from the 19th to the 21st centuries have created études that are vital, virtuosic, and vividly realized.

—Anastasia Tsioulcas

Anastasia Tsioulcas is an NPR Arts reporter and the Series Host of Home Delivery Plus 2021. Tsioulcas’s NPR roles have included interviews with the likes of composers Steve Reich and Terry Riley and, as a former reporter and producer for NPR Music, production of episodes of the popular Tiny Desk Concert series. For Home Delivery Plus, she lends her insights to a number of performance “packages,” from introducing the events to moderating post-performance talks to curating Spotify playlists inspired by package artists and themes

Special Thanks

Event Sponsors

This performance is made possible through the generous support of Dr. Irene Roth and Dr. Vicken Poochikian, and Anne and Burton Fishman.

Representative Bi-khim Hsiao of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States is the honorary patron of this engagement.

This performance is one of six Home Delivery Plus events in 2020/21 included in Washington Performing Arts’s World in Our City initiative, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via international performances, globally inspired Mars Arts D.C. programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

Series Sponsors

Thank you to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work in 2020/21, including presentation of Home Delivery Plus: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Betsy and Robert Feinberg; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; Tom Gallagher; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; and the Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts.

DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities

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