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Joyce Yang's Road Trip Playlist

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As the summer driving season gets underway, we've asked several classical musicians for their road trip playlists: the music that helps them pass the journey as they travel to their next destination.

First up is the pianist Joyce Yang, who has chosen an eclectic mix of pop, jazz, Broadway and classical selections. Yang, a Korean-born Juilliard graduate, has a thing for big Russian Romantic concertos, but she also plays the music of Bach and Scarlatti, Hindemith and Bartok. She has a busy travel summer season ahead of her, with festival appearances in Aspen, Vail and Rockport, ME, as well as a Lincoln Center date playing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the New York Philharmonic (July 2-3).

Joyce Yang writes about her playlist:

"I must admit I'm a bit old fashioned. My road trip playlist consists of selections by the James Taylor, Eric Clapton, the Velvet Underground and Frank Sinatra along with a few of classical music's most transporting compositions. I always come back to these old classic songs because they take me to a place of comfort and familiarity – which is exactly where I want to be on a long car trip!

"Similarly, the romantic melodies of Rachmaninoff and the gripping momentum of Schubert's Death and the Maiden help me to forget that I've been stuck behind the same 16 wheeler for the last 50 miles! My favorite TV show is "Frasier," I own all 11 seasons on DVD and have seen every episode at least three times, just the sound of Kelsey Grammer's voice in his rendition of "Song on the Sand", transports me to my cozy spot on the sofa. I hope my playlist can help you forget about your road rage and help you enjoy your journey as you reach your destination. Bon Voyage!"

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