Unique pairing of words and music

HALIFAX: Pianist Wayne Weng’s playing has been described as “bold, vibrant, and immensely musical” (Wiltshire Gazette & Herald).

Winner at the 2013 Iowa Piano Competition, Weng has performed in Canada, United States, England, France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Serbia, Egypt, Hong Kong, and Taiwan and is now about to embark on a seven concert tour throughout Atlantic Canada with Debut Atlantic.

From November 10-26, Weng is set to enthrall audiences, including four concerts in Nova Scotian communities, with his program titled “After a Reading,” which weaves together a stellar program of words and music. Connecting poetry, letters and journal entries to the music of the time, this rich offering will feature works by Debussy, Schumann, Liszt and Canadian composer Caravassilis as well narration from a distinguished local community member.

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On Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m., Weng will perform at Immaculata Hall on the StFX campus for the Antigonish Performing Arts Series. In addition to concert engagements, Weng will be working with young students and performing at schools throughout the region.

Debut Atlantic wishes to recognize the partners and sponsors that come together to bring its artists to the region in communities and venues of all sizes. Touring these artists would not be possible without the generous support of sustaining partners including the Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia and the Province of New Brunswick. Debut would also like to thank its exclusive tour sponsor AVIS, its educational partner the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and its season partners including the Halifax Regional Municipality, The Lloyd Carr-Harris Foundation, Support 4 Culture, Jack and Joan Craig, Pink Larkin and Westmont Hospitality Group (Comfort Inn).

One of the most respected music touring organizations in the country, Debut Atlantic’s first season in 1979 featured then-emerging and still-unknown artists, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, tenor Ben Heppner, and Canada’s Baroque orchestra Tafelmusik.