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Graduating Student Recital • FROM DARK TO LIGHT • Huong (Giselle) Nguyen, piano

Monday • April 24, 2023   |   11:00 am 12:00 pm

Free – $20.00
While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.

All Longy students present full recitals as part of their education and ongoing evolution as artists. They are charged with thinking critically about what stories they tell, whose voices to amplify, and who’s in the room for their event while also considering how to use performance spaces in innovative ways and how to truly engage audiences and create interactive music experiences. 

Huong (Giselle) Nguyen is a student of Gila Goldstein.

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Program Notes from Giselle:

My recital’s repertoire are contrasting pieces from different periods, including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th century, and contemporary. The majority of my repertoire share a darkness in the composing background: Chopin composed the Funeral March (3rd movement) shortly after his hopes of marriage to Teresa Wodzinska had been dashed, and the rest of the sonata in B-flat minor is both a meditation on the fragility of life and a Bergmanesque game of chess with death. Prokofiev composed Suggestion Diabolique op. 4 no. 4 out of pure contempt and spite – the music is a thrilling ride of raw terror and devil. Mozart, who himself made it clear that he rarely used minor keys and only reserved them for the most dramatic outpourings, wrote the Sonata in A minor when he was suffering and weeping to the tragedy of his mother’s death. There is desperation and conflict in this music. These pieces are perfect for my recital because despite the darkness in the composing background of these pieces, the composers (including Scarlatti, Mozart, and Chopin) hurtle past a few glimpses of optimism and thus bring the light to the pieces, hopeful for an ultimate happy ending. Besides my solo pieces, I am overjoyed to be collaborating with my talented colleague, Julian Bernal (viola), to perform a work composed by Piazzolla. This collaboration will be a beautiful addition to the program because the music goes from deeply emotional to extremely delightful and exciting.


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Monday • April 24, 2023
11:00 am 12:00 pm
Free – $20.00
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Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall
Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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