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East Meets West in Houston Symphony Concert Celebrating Asia’s Rich Musical Traditions

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 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.

Celebrate Asia

  • 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
Tickets $10-$20

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