Old First Concerts
SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2012 AT 4:00PM

Hyo-shin Na & New Music Works
A Portrait Concert of music by Hyo-shin Na
 
Michael McGushin, director of Ariose Singers; Thomas Schultz, piano; Shoko Hikage, koto; Hyunyoung Choi, 25-string kayageum
 
Hyo-shin Na Song of One Lost in the Fog; Sea Wind; Li Po's Music; Transcription; Song of the Firewood and the World Premieres of Fellini Dreaming, Listen While You Speak!, and Pleasures

An extraordinary afternoon of chamber and choral music by Korean-San Franciscan, Hyo-shin Na. The New Music Wworks Ensemble, conducted by Phil Collins, with guest artists the Ariose Singers and members of the Wooden Fish Ensemble perform a wide angle portrait of Ms. Na's compelling, and ever-evolving oeuvre. Twice awarded Korea's National Composers Prize, Ms. Na's far-reaching artistry make her music uniquely suited for a portrait concert. Each of her compositions inhabits sonic worlds unto themselves. Her works draw from nature—its sounds and rhythms—to create unique musical dialects of innate directness and beauty. This celebration of Ms. Na's music will be performed by a cadre of devotees of her work. Highlights include the world premiere of Fellini Dreaming, an instrumental octet composed for New Music Works Ensemble. One Lost in the Fog combines Japanese koto with a sextet of Western instruments, and Li Po's Music honors China's great wandering poet with oboe, string quartet and piano. Two solo works from 2010 are also in store, Sea Wind for solo piano, performed by Thomas Schultz, and Song of the Firewood, for 25-string kayageum solo. Two songs, Listen While You Speak! and Pleasures, originally composed for children’s chorus, will be performed by the Ariose Singers. This concert is made possible in part by grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation for the Wooden Fish Ensemble.

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