The Music Program of the University at Albany’s Department of Music and Theatre is pleased to present guest pianist Akina Yura on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7pm at the UAlbany Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus. Yura previously performed at UAlbany in March of both 2018 and 2019.

The program will feature two sets of Bagatelles by two different composers: Beethoven’s Seven Bagatelles, Op. 33, from his “middle” period, which contrast with five bagatelles by Howard Ferguson, a Northern Irish composer. Both sets feature multiple movements of short pieces written with distinct characters and textures, inviting audience members to experience the full range of possibilities of moods and sound palettes that short piano works can provide.

The program will also include two “fantasy” pieces: Alexander Scriabin’s second sonata, his “Sonata-Fantasy,” and Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana, Op. 16, subtitled “fantasy pieces for piano.” While both pieces feature highly contrasting sections often juxtaposed next to each other (one of the distinct features of fantasy pieces), the compositional form in each piece is unique. The audience will be able to find commonalities and disparities both within and between these beautiful works.

Pianist Akina Yura has been heard throughout the United States, Europe and her native Japan. Passionate in exploring a wide range of repertoire, Yura continues to present well-known, new and underrepresented music. Yura holds piano performance degrees from the University of Maryland (B.M.), Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (M.M.), and the University of Miami Frost School of Music (D.M.A.). Her previous teachers include Santiago Rodriguez, Edward Auer, Shigeo Neriki, Mikhail Volchok, and Nathan Buckner. Yura moved to the Capital Region in the summer of 2017, and currently serves on the piano faculty at The College of Saint Rose and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is also co-founder, co-director and frequent performer with Kaleidoscope MusArt, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Miami, FL dedicated to the promotion of newly composed and rarely heard works alongside standard masterworks of the classical canon.

Advance tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $10 for the general public and $5 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.