22 / 23 SEASON

For Longy’s 2022–2023 event season, we invite you to leave all preconceptions at home.

Musical experiences can have any starting point. Whether born of complex ideas, emotional impulses, or spontaneous inspiration, every music maker begins wherever they are—which is exactly where they need to be.

Just as there’s no right way, no single starting line for becoming a musician, composer, or performer, there’s no one correct entry point for us as the audience. There’s no required reading for experiencing a piece of music, no prerequisite understanding or context to bring with you to a musical experience. You come to it from wherever you are.

In relinquishing our ideas of what a musical experience should be, we open ourselves to receiving and internalizing music in a way that is unique and true to each of us.

Every artist, composer, and musician represented in this season’s program took a different path to arrive at Longy, detours and scenic routes included. We hope the stories on our stages this year inspire you to begin your own new journey, no matter where you start. Allow yourself to begin wherever you are.

When there’s no set path to follow, you become free to begin anywhere.

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Where the Rivers Go | Graduating Student Recital | Ye Bai, piano

Friday, April 8 2022   |   3:00 pm 3:30 pm

Free – $20.00
While this event is open to the public, you must pre-register in order to gain access in person. Registering for the performance is an important step to ensure the ability of contact tracing. No walk-ups will be allowed at Longy for performances.

For my program, I have selected the pieces by both men and women composers whose lives in different periods. Haydn was an Austrian composer of the Classical period. The C major piano sonata is a playful piece that has a distinct character. Robert Schumann was a German composer, pianist, and influential music critic of the Romantic era. His wife, Clara Schumann, was a great pianist and composer as well. Grand Sonata No.1 in F sharp minor, Op.11, was composed by Robert Schumann from 1833 to 1835. He published it anonymously as “Pianoforte Sonata, dedicated to Clara by Forest and and Eusebius”. Thus, this piece has two different emotions, one is enthusiastic, impulsive, and spontaneous, another is emotional, inward, and thoughtful. Dei Romanzen Op.21, No.1, was composed by Clara Schumann. Like Grand Sonata, it has two different characters as well, and both these two pieces are highly expressive. Tobias Picker is an American composer, director, and pianist. Where the Rivers Go is an emotional and beautiful contemporary piece which sounds like a river that never stops.

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Ye Bai, a pianist, educator and music advocate, Ye Bai’s sensitive musicianship leaves a lasting impression as she shares her unique interpretations of both standard and contemporary repertoire. Ye strives to make music accessible to different social groups such as children with autism, the general public, and retirees. She believes that music should be enjoyed by both performers and audiences.

As a soloist, Ye won awards in competitions including Second Prize of the Sixth Shanxi Campus Art Competition and 2017 Ai·Yue International Music Competition, Excellent Award of the 3rd Shanxi Province Piano Competition and more. She had two recitals in Shanxi, China, and her performance of Mozart and Chopin were well received by audience. Ye is also enjoy performing with other instruments and, accompanied for violin, flute, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, bason, bamboo flute, Cheng and more. In 2020, she accompanied for Zihao Liu clarinet concert.

As an educator, Ye teaches students from age 5 to 12, and adult students who learn piano as a hobby. She always attracts students’ attention with some interesting pieces and vivid verbal descriptions, then teaches them the technique in the piece. Her students have won awards in competitions including Second Prize in the 17th Santa Cecilia Piano Competition Shanxi Section, Winner of Children Solo Group in the 4th Shanxi Province Piano Competition and more, and pass the amateur grade examinations.

Ye strives to make music accessible to different social groups. She performed in Fnagzhou Autism school for children with autism, Nursing home in Rochester, NY, and had online Healing Concert for retirees in Boston.

Originally from Taiyuan, Ye Bai believes her true home is in Shangri-La. When Ye Bai is not performing, she pursues with equal fervor her passions for travel, dance and cuisine. Perhaps someday you might even see Ye Bai in a food eating competition as she once at 45 dumplings in one sitting!


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Friday, April 8 2022
3:00 pm 3:30 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