Unorthodox accompanist in View virtual concert

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OLD FORGE — View arts center, 3273 Route 28, will offer a spring concert by pianist Nicole Wang as part of its Virtual Concert Series starting Sunday, April 18.

The performance can be watched at any time and it will run for one week. The concert was recorded in December and January, live at View, on the center’s Steinway piano. The video also features Wang’s rescue robin, Ali, who accompanies her.

The program includes excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” along with selections by Chopin, Mozart, and other composers. Some of the pieces feature sections that Wang arranged.

And yes, the bird is part of the concert. He is a rescued American robin named Alexander or Ali for short, who loves music. To learn more about Wang and Ali, go to View’s website and click on the link to a story from her hometown Connecticut newspaper.

Wang has won numerous awards for her artistry including First Prize in the Dorothy A. Anderson International Piano Competition, the Director’s Award for the Outstanding Performance of Scarlatti Sonatas, four consecutive First Prize Awards in Helen Crowe Snelling Memorial Piano Competition and the Grand Prize of Chiang Wen-Yeh International Piano Competition, where she performed in the Kennedy Center. Wang has appeared as the guest soloist with several orchestras in the East Coast and has been appreciated by audiences throughout the United States.

Tickets are a suggested price of $10, but View is also offering a chance to pay a little more or a little less, depending on your financial status. For more information, visit View online at www.viewarts.org. 

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