By LORRAINE THOMPSON
St. Anastasia Catholic Church’s free concert series continues on Saturday, Jan. 14 with performances by pianist Wei-Yi Yang and bass singer Gregory Sheppard.
Solo piano music by Wei-Yi Yang will include: Beethoven/Liszt’s “An die ferne geliebte” and an array of French piano pieces including “Clair de lune.”
Highlights of Sheppard’s vocals will include music by Claude Debussy and a set in English which gives tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King.
The program, arranged by St. Anastasia Catholic Church’s Music Director, Peter Morin, will premiere a composition Morin wrote for Gregory which is a setting of Rabbi Harold Kushner’s “A Prayer for the World.”
Wei-Yi Yang has performed worldwide as soloist, recording artist, and chamber musician to critical acclaim. Winner of the gold medal in the San Antonio International Piano Competition, he has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and major venues across America, Asia, Europe and Australia.
Gregory Sheppard, who previously performed at the church in Amahl and the Night Visitors, has appeared with symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in the United States and Europe. He has sung in leading roles with the Syracuse Opera, New York City Opera, San Francisco Opera (Western Opera Tour), Opera Ebony, and with dozens of other symphony orchestras and in operas worldwide
The concert begins at 7 p.m. Admission and parking are free. St. Anastasia Catholic Church is located at 5202 A1A South on Anastasia Island. For information call 471-5364.