U.S. Arts Envoy Thrills Nigerian Audiences
As part of efforts to celebrate shared values and promote collaborations that will unite two nations, the U.S. shares the best of the U.S. creative and arts community with Nigerian audiences, with visiting U.S. Arts Envoy and classical pianist, Pauline Yang, playing to packed houses and teaching emerging and established musicians through masterclasses.
Pauline performed American, European, and Mexican piano compositions to over 1,000 guests who enjoyed a world class classical concert at the Chief of Mission Residence in Abuja, Consul General Residence in Lagos, Terra Kulture Arena in Lagos, and at the Manhattan Hall in Ibadan.
Her cocktail of pieces included a delightful mix of composers, styles, and eras from the piano literature that featured renowned works by Bach, Scarlatti, Mendelssohn, Chopin, to mention but a few. Each concert kicked off with Pauline performing Sicilienne, an original orchestral piece by the famous French composer Gabriel Faure, with Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard on flute.
Her cultural diplomacy visit to Nigeria was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with support from the U.S. Mission in Nigeria.