In recent years, Yuja Wang has swept through the Southland in a variety of formats, from playing in a duo with violinist Leonidas Kavakos to taking on Tchaikovsky’s second piano concerto with the Russian National Orchestra. The past two seasons with her longtime collaborators L.A. Philharmonic, the high-flying Chinese pianist has avoided the traditional canon altogether and focused on pumping out the driving, madly engaging avant-blues riffs of Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes?, a febrile piano concerto written for her by John Adams. This time around, though, Wang will have no safety net as she performs a relatively rare local solo recital in which she’ll alternate mazurkas by Chopin with intermezzos by Brahms before unlocking the more peculiar mysteries of Scriabin, Ravel and Alban Berg.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., downtown L.A.; Tues., Feb. 18, 8 p.m.; $76-$162. (323) 850-2000, laphil.com.
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