News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 26, 2013

Young pianist at EIU’s Doudna Oct. 29


News Release

---- — CHARLESTON, Ill. —  Eleven-year-old William Yang has been traveling the globe giving piano performances and winning piano competitions since he was 7. Yang will bring his talent to Eastern Illinois University’s Doudna Fine Arts Center on Oct. 29. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Tickets are now available.

This is the first time Yang has performed on the EIU campus. Dan Crews, director of patron services for Doudna, said this performance is being presented in the Recital Hall to create a more intimate atmosphere for the audience.

A resident of Eden Prairie, Minn., Yang is a home-schooled fifth grade student who enjoys math. When he isn’t touring the country, Yang can be found listening to classical music, swimming, or enjoying his iPad.

Yang’s management calls him a “big thing in a small box.” He has been featured on NPR’s popular “From the Top” program that showcases the finest pre-college age musicians in the United States. Yang has also been an award winner in a number of competitions, including the MMTF Mozart Piano Concerto Competition, the Saint Paul Piano Teacher’s Association Concerto Competition, and the Young Artist World Piano Festival Concerto Competition’s Junior Division.

Tickets for William Yang’s concert are $15 for general audience members, $12 for seniors (62+) and $7 for students. Tickets can be purchased online at www.eiu.edu/doudna or at the Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office.

Box Office hours are 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, and one hour prior to the scheduled performance. Yang’s performance is supported by the EIU Classical Music Series Endowment Fund, and is part of the Doudna Fine Arts Center New and Emerging Artists Series program.

For Doudna reservations and information, or to arrange accommodations for those needing special assistance, contact Doudna Fine Art Patron Services at 217-581-3110 or doudnatix@eiu.edu.