ROCKPORT — The panorama of Rockport Harbor that fills the floor-to-ceiling window behind the stage of the Shalin Liu Performance Center can be distracting. On a summer afternoon, it’s hard to resist the idyllic scene of sailboats skimming over the waves.
But with her energetic and thoughtfully programmed recital on Sunday, pianist Joyce Yang upstaged the view, capturing and holding the attention of a packed house with a performance of music from three (actually, four) centuries. That she did so was even more impressive considering that she was filling in on short notice for ailing pianist Dubravka Tomsic. At the outset, the well-spoken Korean musician, winner of the silver medal at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, jokingly thanked the crowd “for not refunding your tickets.”