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Student Matinee – Hanzhi Wang

January 17, 2025 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am  |

  | $8 – $20


An ambassador for the accordion, Hanzhi Wang has been praised for her captivating stage presence and performances of passion and finesse. Wang will guide students through an exploration of the accordion, delving into its mechanics, its role as a classical instrument and how melodies resonate uniquely through it as opposed to other classical instruments. In this unique program, Wang will feature a variety of composers and music and take us into the “fairy-tale world of the accordion” with works that explore the darkness and luminosity of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous stories.

Recommended for grades K-6

Student Matinee Tickets
$8 Students | $20 Additional Adults
One free adult chaperone ticket is provided for every ten student tickets.
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Bring your class for free!

Kentucky K-12 public schools are eligible to receive FREE student tickets thanks to the Norton Center’s Arts for the Classroom Ticket Subsidy (ACTS) program. ACTS funding is only available to subsidize the cost of student tickets. For more information, visit our Matinees + Programs page.


Hanzhi Wang posing with her accordion Acclaimed for her “staggering virtuosity,” HANZHI WANG is the only accordionist to ever win a place on the roster of Young Concert Artists in its 60-year history. An ambassador for her instrument, Hanzhi has been praised for her captivating stage presence and performances that display passion and finesse.

A groundbreaking artist, Hanzhi’s other firsts include being named Musical America’s “New Artist of the Month,” an interview and performance on the 2,145th episode of New York WQXR’s Young Artists Showcase as the first solo accordionist on the program, and the Naxos label’s first-ever solo accordion CD, “On the Path to H.C. Andersen,” which was nominated for the prestigious DR (Danish Radio) P2 Prize in 2019.

A first-prize winner of the 2017 Young Concert Artists Susan Wadsworth International Auditions, Hanzhi debuted in New York in The Peter Marino Concert at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. Her Washington, DC debut opened the 40th Anniversary Young Concert Artists Series at the Kennedy Center, co-presented with Washington Performing Arts. She holds the Ruth Laredo Prize and Mortimer Levitt Career Development Award for Women Artists of YCA.

Please note that the Norton Center is a historic venue with limited accessible seating. Special reserved wheelchair and companion seating is available for all shows. Interpretive services and large print programs are available upon request at least 20 days in advance of the performance. Please call the Box Office at 859-236-4692 to request assistance with your accommodations.

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