Old First Concerts

Melody of China
Yangqin Zhao, yangqin; Gangqin Zhao, guzheng; Shenshen Zhang, pipa; Xian Lu, dizi; Wanpeng Guo, sheng; Eric Myers, keyboards; Special Guest Peter Josheff, clarinet; Special Guest Dan Flanagan, violin; Special Guest Kevin Yu, 'cello; Special Guest Deszon X. Claiborne, percussion
Yuanlin Chen Coexistent Beauty World Premiere

Join Melody of China for an evening of merging aesthetics. The Chinese ensemble welcomes guest artists Peter Josheff, Dan Flanagan, Kevin Yu and Deszon Claiborne. The concert will feature the world premiere of a newly commissioned work for Chinese yangqin, guzheng, pipa, sheng and dizi with violin, ‘cello, clarinet, electronics and percussion. New York composer Yuanlin Chen began the first electronic music studio in China and has composed for numerous ensembles including the BBC Scottish Orchestra. Dr. Chen has created music software for several films including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. He premieres his third Melody of China commission. The program will also include selections from the Chinese classical repertoire. This commission has been made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program, with generous funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Chamber Music America Endowment Fund. For more information please visit melodyofchina.org and check out a video of the ensemble here

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