World-renowned composer Gabriela Lena Frank to perform at Doane
World-renowned composer Gabriela Lena Frank, violinist Hyeyung Yoon, and cellist Gregory Beaver will be performing a concert at Doane University’s Heckman Auditorium on Thursday, April 12 at 7:00pm. The concert will be a performance featuring Frank’s compositions.
As one of the most decorated composers and pianists in the world, Gabriela is the winner of a Latin Grammy and has been nominated for Grammys as both a composer and pianist. Gabriela also holds a Guggenheim Fellowship and a USA Artist Fellowship given each year to 50 of the country’s finest artists. Her work has been described as “brilliantly effective” (New York Times), “a knockout” (Chicago Tribune), and “glorious” (Los Angeles Times).
Born in Berkeley, California to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage through her compositions.
Inspired by the works of Bela Bartók and Alberto Ginastera, her pieces often reflect her studies of Latin American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework that is uniquely her own.
Featured on the program are Frank’s Sueños de Chambi: Snapshots for an Andean Album for violin and piano, a work inspired by Martín Chambi, the first Amerindian photographer to achieve international acclaim and Suite Mestiza for Solo Violin, a work composed just last year. Also on the concert are Violin Duos by Béla Bartók performed by Ms. Yoon and students from her studio, Ye-Eun Cho and Grace Pugh and Frank’s Adagio para Amantaní, performed by cellist Gregory Beaver and Ms. Frank.
The concert begins at 7:00pm Thursday, April 12 in Heckman Auditorium. Admission is free to the public.