[ Concerts ]

Qingdao Symphony Orchestra presents Chinese New Year concert

January 8, 2009

Program includes several works by Chinese composers, plus Bernstein & Gershwin

The Yale School of Music and Ocean Arts proudly present Image China: Chinese New Year 2009, a concert by the Qingdao Symphony Orchestra (QSO), pianist Yin Chengzong, and pipa soloist Zhang Hongyan. This premier performance of the Image China series takes place at on Jan. 24 at 7:30 pm in Yale’s Woolsey Hall (500 College St at Grove St). Adding a delightful American twist to a classical Chinese holiday event, conductor Yongyan Hu, an alumnus of the Yale School of Music, and the QSO will present an eclectic program mixing selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and George Gershwin’s An American in Paris with the Spring Festival Overture by Huanzhi Li,  Xiaogang Ye’s enchanting and exotic Pipa Concerto, and the Yellow River Concerto by Chengzong Yin.

QSO conductor Yongyan Hu delivers this imaginative programming with a demand for impeccable performance from his orchestra, an approach that has paid off in the musical talent he attracts including Chengzong Yin and Hongyan Zhang.

General Admission tickets are $20, student tickets are $15, and sponsor tickets are $50. Tickets can be purchased from www.gticket.com, at local Chinese language schools, or at the door.

Called “China’s best pianist” by the New York Times, Chengzong Yin presents his extremely powerful and popular Yellow River Concerto, a moving masterpiece based on China’s World War II struggle against invading enemies. Mr. Yin has received a gold record award having sold over 3 million copies of the concerto and a lifetime of recognition and achievement such as the gold medal in the World Youth Peace and Fellowship Festival and second prize in the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Hongyan Zhang has been called “Queen of the Pipa,” one of the oldest Chinese musical instruments. Hongyan, only the second person to be awarded a Masters in Pipa Studies from the elite China Central Conservatory, has a strong foothold in her native China while delighting the international music scene as an outstanding representative of the new generation of Chinese musicians.