Venue: Concert Hall
Dates: January 13, 2019
Traditional Orchestra The Silk Road
Music: MA Sicong
Arr. LI Binyang
Erhu and Traditional Orchestra Song of Liangzhou
Erhu Soloist: TANG Feng
Traditional Orchestra Ode to the Mountain City
Traditional Orchestra All Rivers Run into Sea
Music: MA Jiuyue, ZHAO Cong
Orch. HU Tingjiang
Pipa and Traditional Orchestra Blossom
Pipa Player: ZHAO Cong
Xinjiang Folk Song
Plucked Instruments Ensemble Swallows
Chinese Music Impression Suite
Movement I. Wind Instruments and Traditional Orchestra The Chirping of Birds
Movement II. Past and Present Life
Xiao Player: CHEN Shasha
Guanzi Player: ZHANG Jiali
Movement III. Traditional Music Chinese Music Impression
TANG Muhai is dedicated to creating new avenues for classical music and as such has most recently concentrated his attentions to building the audience and artistic reputation of new or lesser known orchestras. He is Chief Conductor of the Belgrade Philharmonic, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Tianjin Opera and Orchestra and Artistic Director of the Shanghai Philharmonic and Zhenjiang Symphony Orchestras in China. From September 2009 he has also held the role of Principal Guest Conductor of the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra.
TANG Muhai has always been drawn to the musical stage, and has conducted opera on several continents, most recently with a highly acclaimed new production of Rossini’s opera Le Comte Ory in Zurich. He previously held the position of Chief Conductor of the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki where he conducted productions such as Die Frau Ohne Schatten, Turandot, Der Rosenkavalier and Pique Dame, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, La Rondine, Boris Godunov, The Marriage of Figaro, La Traviata, The Barber of Seville and Otello. In 2007 he conducted fully-staged performance of TAN Dun’s opera Tea with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.
Among TANG Muhai’s many recordings, the Guitar Concertos by TAN Dun and Christopher Rouse with Sharon Isbin and the Gulbenkian Orchestra, for Teldec, was awarded a Grammy in 2002.
China National Traditional Orchestra
As a national-level orchestra directly under the Ministry of Culture, China National Traditional Orchestra, founded in 1960 under the direction of Premier ZHOU Enlai, is regarded as the standard-setter, model and benchmark of China's folk music performance. The Orchestra, made up of folk orchestra, chorus and art creation centre, boasts a group of musicians and sharp-sighted managers. LI Huanzhi (January 1919 to March 2000), famous composer and former Chairman of China Musicians' Association, had served as its first President and now XI Qiang, a member of CPPCC, Chinese string instrument artist and musicologist, is at the wheel.
China National Traditional Orchestra not only performs typical traditional music in various forms but dabbles in contemporary Chinese music, western classic music and other genres.
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