January 30, 2017
EAST MEETS WEST IN HOUSTON SYMPHONY CONCERT CELEBRATING ASIA’S RICH MUSICAL TRADITIONS
Feb. 11, 2017
HOUSTON (Jan. 30, 2017) – Mongolian violinist Angelo Xiang Yu joins the Houston Symphony to revel in the vibrant musical traditions of Houston’s Asian communities for Celebrate Asia at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, 2017, at Houston Baptist University’s Morris Cultural Arts Center.
Led by Taiwanese-American guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen, the hourlong concert features east Asian folk songs interwoven with popular Western classical music. Select works on the program include Bèo D?t Mây Trôi, a lush orchestration of a traditional Vietnamese song arranged for orchestra by leading Vietnamese cellist Ngo Hoang Quan; Yuzo Toyama’s Rhapsody for Orchestra, a folk-music travelogue of Japan; and a set of variations on “Arirang,” a folk song often referred to as Korea’s unofficial national anthem.
Known for his technical command and musicality, Yu will be featured in Ravel’s gypsy-inspired Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra and an excerpt from The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, one of the most famous modern Chinese orchestral pieces. Yu is the 2010 winner of the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition and was the youngest prize winner ever at the Wieniawski International Violin Competition in 2006.
The program concludes with Chen leading the audience in a sing-a-long version of Gong Xi Gong Xi, a popular mandarin song that celebrates the arrival of spring and whose title is a common Lunar New Year greeting.
The concert will take place at the Morris Cultural Arts Center on the campus of Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, TX 77074. For tickets and information, please call (713) 224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the Houston Symphony Patron Services Center in Jones Hall (Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). All programs and artists are subject to change.
Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.
Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Angelo Xiang Yu, violin
Arr. Che-Yi Lee: National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra 70th Anniversary Suite
Arr. Ngo Hoang Quan: Bèo D?t Mây Trôi
J.B. Chance/R. Longfield: Variations on a Korean Folk Song
Ravel: Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra
Yuzo Toyama: Rhapsody for Orchestra
Chen Gang/He Zhanhao: The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
Arr. Che-Yi Lee: Gong Xi Gong Xi
ABOUT THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY
During the 2016-17 season, the Houston Symphony celebrates its third season with Music Director Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $33.9 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 400,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.
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