Aaron Diehl, piano and Clara Yang, piano

Virtual Event
June 4, 2021
7:30 PM EDT

Registration for this event closes at 12 PM EDT on June 4. You will receive an email with a link to view the event by 3 PM on June 4. Available on-demand for all ticketholders for 72 hours, beginning on June 4, 2021 at 7:30 PM EDT. 

Suggested ticket donation (per household) is $15. Tickets available starting at $0. 

On June 4, acclaimed pianists Aaron Diehl and Clara Yang will come together for a virtual concert-length performance created especially for Carolina Performing Arts. This event will feature works for both solo and duo piano, including selections from the Etudes by Philip Glass, which both artists performed alongside the composer during the Glass at 80 Festival at Carolina Performing Arts in 2017.

Composer and pianist Aaron Diehl has recently performed as a featured soloist with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra. With a style grounded in the spirit of forebears Ahmad Jamal, Erroll Garner, and Jelly Roll Morton, Diehl is focused on an ongoing curation of programming by Black American composers. Chinese-American pianist Clara Yang is an associate professor of piano and head of keyboard studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. An international performer, she has appeared on the CPA season multiple times, most recently with opera singer Lucia Lucas in February 2020.

Want to know more about this performance? Read our program notes, and see the detailed program below.


(b. 1937)
Etude No. 11

Etude No. 16
Clara Yang

Aaron Diehl
Three Preludes
I. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
II. Andante con moto e poco rubato
III. Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
Clara Yang
Prelude No. 1 in B Flat Major

Prelude No. 3 in B minor

Prelude No. 10 in E Major (Small Red Piano)
Aaron Diehl
GERSHWINCuban Overture
transcribed by Gregory Stone for two pianos
Aaron Diehl and Clara Yang

Approximate runtime for this performance is 75 minutes.

Etude #11 by Philip Glass
Etude #16 by Philip Glass
© 1994 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc. Used by Permission.



The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
Sally and William Johnson

Susan and James Moeser


Aaron Diehl

Pianist and composer AARON DIEHL’s style is grounded in the spirit of Ahmad Jamal, Erroll Garner, and Jelly Roll Morton. Following three critically-acclaimed albums on Mack Avenue Records and appearances at such historic venues as Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Village Vanguard, and New York Philharmonic, Diehl now focuses his attention on his forthcoming solo album and ongoing curation of programming by Black American composers, with emphasis on William Grant Still. A graduate of The Juilliard School, Aaron has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Branford Marsalis, Philip Glass, and GRAMMY award-winning artist Cecile McLorin Salvant. The American Pianist Association’s 2011 Cole Porter Fellow, he recently appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra as featured soloist.

Clara Yang

CLARA YANG has performed in notable venues such as Carnegie Hall (New York City), the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and the Auditorio Nacional de Música (Madrid). ​As a soloist, she has collaborated with renowned conductors such as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Long Yu, Carl St. Clair, and Grant Llewellyn. She performed alongside Philip Glass in the Carolina Performing Arts Glass at 80 Festival, and she performed the world premiere of distinguished composer Chen Yi’s piano concerto with the China Philharmonic Orchestra in Beijing. Her solo album Folding Time (Albany Records) won a Global Music Awards Gold Medal and was selected as one of the Best of 2016 by American Record Guide.

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