The Secret Piano

Musical Interludes

Olin and Ann Barrett Recital

The Secret Piano

$100 per ticket. Tickets include a post-concert wine and hors d’oeuvres reception in the Courtyard. Food provided by Julienne Fine Foods.

Reservations Required.

Masks and proof of full vaccination* are required for entry. Please be prepared to show your vaccination card (or digital copy) and a photo ID.

*Fully vaccinated is defined as two weeks after receiving a second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after receiving a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine.

The Secret Piano: From Mao’s Labor Camps to Bach’s Goldberg Variations
By Zhu Xiao-Mei

When my piano arrived… I played the Goldberg Variations. And I was reborn. Once again, I was saved by music.”
– Zhu Xiao-Mei

At the age of ten, Zhu Xiao-Mei enrolled at the Beijing Conservatory. However, when the Cultural Revolution began in 1966, music schools closed. One by one Zhu and her fellow students, teachers, and family were sent to prison or labor camps. Zhu’s memoir tells her extraordinary story of how music, and her piano, sustained her sense of courage, hope, and humanity during and after her imprisonment.

For Zhu, two pieces embody her experience of transformation and liberation: Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Beethoven’s final piano sonata, Op. 111. Performing these monumental works is the extraordinary young pianist Chuang-Chuang Fang, a doctoral student of Jeffrey Kahane at USC.

Date, performers, venue, and repertoire subject to change.

The Secret Piano may be ordered through Vroman’s Bookstore.

Olin and Ann Barrett Recital

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