Princeton’s Town Topics: “Old Havana” Comes to Princeton
Princeton’s Town Topics
“Old Havana” Comes to Princeton as Cuba’s National Symphony Orchestra Tours the U.S.
By Nancy Plum
Pérez Mesa brought the orchestra together with a dynamic and technically brilliant piano soloist to perform Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor, featuring soloist Yekwon Sunwoo. A 2017 Gold Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Sunwoo showed not only virtuosic abilities but also great sensitivity and the ability to change the mood of the music with a single note. He demonstrated a very light touch when needed, with a bit of humor in more delicate cadences. Sunwoo played the first movement cadenza as if it were a meditation for himself, with especially thoughtful descending and cascading passages and fierce octaves. He played the third movement’s technical fireworks with a bit of sauciness, bringing out the Gypsy dance effect.