It was an operatic ambience of bliss, and soul-placating sound as the US Mission to Nigeria treated a gathering of melody lovers to the brilliance of Pauline Yang’s classical music on Friday.


The musicale, which was held at the Terra Kulture in Lagos, was a delight as the American classic pianist held the audience spellbound for almost two hours with her impeachable mastery of riffs and chords.

The night kicked off with Mary Beth-Leonard, US ambassador to Nigeria, serenading the audience with a moving rendition of the Nigerian anthem with a flute.

The envoy then combined with Yang for a duet of ‘Faure Sicilienne from Pelleas et Melisandre’.


Then, a delectable Yang, clad in a green velvet gown, carried the event from there onward.

With her delicate, skilled fingers making the keyboard purr suavely and her quaint right foot pumping the pedal, she served notes of classical sound that left the audience cheering with endless applause.

Yang is in Nigeria on an 11-day visit that would see her perform and conduct workshops across Abuja, Lagos, and Ibadan.

The classical pianist won her first international competition at the age of seven. She holds a master’s degree in piano performance from the University of Southern California (USC) and a degree in international relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 


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