Free Livestream: Schubertiade VIII with Jiyan Sun, piano

The Sage Chamber Music Society of the Smith College Music Department is pleased to present a livestream of the final concert of Schubertiade, the yearlong series celebrating the music of Franz Schubert, featuring pianist Jiayan Sun. He will perform three Schubert sonatas on Thursday, April 16 at 8 PM. The live concert will be streamed from Sweeney Concert Hall. Audiences around the world can listen via the link on the Smith College Department of Music website: www.smith.edu/music. Schubertiade refers to gatherings of Schubert’s devoted circle of friends where the composer shared his music, since it was rarely performed in public venues during his life. Throughout the 2019-20 school year, Jiayan Sun, the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano and Lecturer in Music at Smith College, has collaborated with faculty and student musicians to present Schubert’s major instrumental and vocal works in a series of concerts—4 in the fall and 4 in the spring. The last two concerts scheduled for April have been postponed after the institution of social distancing guidelines and the closing of Smith academic buildings. The most recent concert of the series on February 27 served as a fundraiser for the coronavirus relief effort in China, raising over $1900. “We have been facing unprecedented challenges over the past month. As a musician, I feel powerless witnessing this situation. Even though I believe that great music exists in eternity, it is through this time of social distancing that we truly understand the necessity of music-making in real-time shared with people.” says Sun. The college recently installed a new sound and video system in Sweeney Concert Hall that allows for the recording and live streaming of events. The music department is grateful to have the capacity to share Jiayan’s music with students, alums, and community members who are sheltering at home both near and far. The program features two piano sonatas by Franz Schubert, in D Major (D. 850) and B-flat Major (D. 960), along with an incomplete yet exquisite movement in F-sharp Minor (D. 571). “These two sonatas occupy special places in my heart. The exuberant energy and radiance of the Sonata in D Major are exceptional in Schubert’s vast output. It always lifts my spirits considerably.” explains Sun, “As Schubert’s last instrumental work, the Sonata in B-flat Major bridges this world to the otherworld. It is about death and emancipation. It is melancholic yet rejuvenating. It is transcendental, and at the same time, personal.” Praised for his "revelatory" (New York Times) and "technically flawless, poetically inspired and immensely assured playing" (Toronto Star), pianist Jiayan Sun has given recitals and performed with distinguished conductors and orchestras worldwide, including The Cleveland Orchestra, The Hallé, Chinese and RTÉ (Ireland) National Symphony orchestras, Fort Worth and Toledo Symphony orchestras, and the Toronto and Aspen Concert orchestras. His performances have been broadcast on BBC, RTÉ, China Central Television and classical music radio stations in North America. Sun will continue to teach at Smith College next year. While he misses the musical interactions with an audience of supportive community members in the auditorium, Sun is glad that he can share this music live and in real-time. He plans to give the last two concerts of the Schubertiade series in the fall when the campus is open to the public. Viewers can attend the livestream on Thursday, April 16 at 8:00 PM via the link on the Smith College Music Department’s website: www.smith.edu/music.
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