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Yibing Zhang

Dallas Chamber Symphony will perform its fifth and final concert of the season with one of the most thrilling and technically challenging piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, to be performed by Yibing Zhang, winner of the 2017 Dallas International Piano Competition. The Dallas Chamber Symphony will also perform Johannes Brahms’ tumultuous and stormy Tragic Overture, Op. 81, and Claude Debussy’s Petite Suite, arranged by Henri Büsser. The Dallas Chamber Symphony’s grand finale concert with full orchestra, led by Artistic Director Richard McKay, will be a captivating and enchanting evening.

Award-winning pianist Yibing Zhang will make his solo debut on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3. Few pieces in the piano repertoire are as iconic – and feared – as Rachmaninoff’s third concerto, and Zhang impressed DIPC jurors with his mature interpretation and technical prowess. Zhang began studying piano at the age of three in his native China. As the third prize winner of the China Central Television Cup Piano Competition in 2008, he performed with the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Zhang holds bachelors and master degrees from the Central Conservatory in Beijing and New England Conservatory, respectively. Zhang is pursuing a graduate artist certificate at the University of North Texas College of Music.

Brahms’ Tragic Overture is a dramatic symphonic movement featuring a two-chord fate motif. The composition was written in the summer of 1880 at the same time as Brahms’ light-hearted and sarcastic Academic Festival Overture.

The Petite Suite is one of Debussy’s most popular works for Piano four hands. An early work written in a traditional style for performance by skilled amateurs, it eschews the modern styles and harmonies the composer was experimenting with, which were exhibited in his contemporary and especially later works.

Presenting a full season of subscription concerts at Moody Performance Hall, the DCS offers audiences the Dallas International Piano Competition (hosted at Southern Methodist University), the Sight of Sound Film Fest, TechNotes Youth Education, DCS Live! Outreach concerts, and its popular UnSilent Film Series. Building on early accolades (“Best Show,” Modern Luxury magazine, 2015; "Best of Big D 2014," D Magazine), the Dallas Chamber Symphony ( is one of the most exciting and innovative professional performance ensembles in North Texas. Founded and led by Artistic Director and Conductor Richard McKay, the orchestra of some 40 musicians dedicates itself to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire for chamber orchestra.

For every hour of traditional concert programming, the DCS provides 8+ hours of community engagement and education beyond the concert hall, through its versatile, flexible, independent, and caring cadre of professional outreach musicians. Outreach programs provide musical uplift and cultural enrichment through collaborative partnerships. Recognized for its exceptional service to the city and citizens of Dallas, the DCS is one of the youngest groups participating the City of Dallas - Office of Cultural Affairs’ Cultural Organization Program. 


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Dallas Chamber Symphony’s “Rachmaninoff 3” concert, conducted by Richard McKay and featuring a solo debut of pianist Yibing Zhang, will be held on Tuesday, May 1, at 8:00 p.m. at Moody Performance Hall located at 2520 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201. Tickets are $25-$54 each, $15 for students, seniors save up to 25%. Tickets are available to purchase online at, by calling (214) 449-1294, or in the lobby the night of the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.