NY Philharmonic To Celebrate the Year of the Horse with Chinese New Year Concert and Gala, February 1
The New York Philharmonic in collaboration with CAMI Music will celebrate the Chinese New Year for the third consecutive year, welcoming the Year of the Horse with a concert featuring major works of both the Chinese and Western canon on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. The event celebrates the cultural heritage of China and America and honors the Chinese- American community. Long Yu - artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic, music director of the Shanghai and Guanzhou Symphony Orchestras, and artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival - will return to the Philharmonic to conduct the concert.
This year's program will feature Beijing-born pianist Yuja Wang performing Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini; Taiwanese-American violinist Cho-Liang Lin performing Dvor?a?k's Romance for Violin and Orchestra; and Chinese-born cellist Jian Wang, in his Philharmonic debut, performing Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme. The three soloists will together perform Tan Dun's The Triple Resurrection, which includes music from the composer's scores for the Martial Arts Trilogy, comprising Hero; Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; and The Banquet. The Spring Festival Overture, a traditional work celebrating the Chinese New Year, will once again open the concert, and the program will also feature Yuan Mao's New Year's Greeting.
As music director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Long Yu plays a key role in the Philharmonic's recently announced partnership with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and the Shanghai Conservatory, which begins in 2014 and comprises the establishment of the Shanghai Orchestral Academy, as well as Philharmonic performance residencies in Shanghai through the 2017-18 season.
Gala events will include a pre-concert champagne reception from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., the concert, and a seated dinner immediately following the concert. The dress will be traditional Chinese
attire or black-tie. Honorary Gala Chairmen are Mr. and Mrs. Maurice R. Greenberg and H.E. Ambassador Sun Guoxiang, Consul General of the People's Republic of China in New York, and Madam Wang Min. The Gala Co-Chairmen are Angela Chen, Gary W. Parr, Oscar L. Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang, and Shirley Young. A portion of the proceeds will support the Philharmonic's acclaimed School Partnership Program at P.S. 120 in Flushing, Queens, which serves a large population of Chinese-Americans and recent immigrants from China.
Chinese conductor Long Yu is artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, which he co-founded in 2000; music director of the Shanghai and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestras; founding artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival; and artistic co- director (with Charles Dutoit) of the MISA Festival, which brings classical music to the young people of Shanghai. Mr. Yu played a leading role in creating China's first orchestral academy as a partnership between Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Conservatory, and the New York Philharmonic. He regularly appears with the world's leading orchestras and opera companies, including the New York, Munich, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Tokyo philharmonic orchestras; the Chicago, BBC, Sydney, and Singapore symphony orchestras; and the Orchestre de Paris, Hamburg Staatsoper, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro La Fenice, and Philadelphia Orchestra. As a champion of new music, he has commissioned works from today's most prestigious composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass, John Corigliano, Guo Wenjing, and Ye Xiaogang. Mr. Yu led the China Philharmonic's performance for Pope Benedict XIV, the first time in history a Chinese orchestra performed at the Vatican. A passionate supporter of cultural dialogue, Mr. Yu brought together top Asian musicians - including Myung-Whun Chung, Midori, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, and Ray Chen - for the 2010 Canton Asian Music Festival in connection with the XVI Asian Games in Guangzhou. The festival also featured a rare appearance of the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan in mainland China. Deutsche Grammophon has released Mr. Yu's recordings of Wagner's Tannha?user Overture, Schoenberg's orchestration of Brahms's Piano Quartet in G minor, and a wide range of Chinese orchestral music including the Yellow River Concerto with Lang Lang. Long Yu's recordings on Naxos include the Korngold and Goldmark Violin Concertos with Vera Tsu, as well as Ding Shande's Long March Symphony. Born in 1964 in Shanghai, he studied at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin. He is a Chevalier dans L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the recipient of the Montblanc Cultural Foundation's 2002 Arts Patronage Award, and in 2005 the Republic of Italy honored him with the title of L'onorificenza di commendatore. Mr. Yu's first appearance with the Philharmonic was during a New York Philharmonic Concert in the Park on the Great Lawn in 2010, and he first led the Orchestra in January 2012, when he conducted the inaugural Chinese New Year Concert. Most recently, he led the Orchestra's 2013 Chinese New Year Concert, with soloists Herbie Hancock, Yin Huang, Yan Wang, Jennifer Johnson Cano, and the Snow Lotus Trio.
Pianist Yuja Wang has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras, including the Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Simo?n Boli?var, and Tokyo's NHK symphony orchestras; Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw orchestras; the Los Angeles, New York, Israel, and London philharmonic orchestras; and the Berlin Staatskapelle, Filarmonica della Scala, and Orquesta Nacional Espan?a. Conductors with whom she has collaborated include Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti,
Manfred Honeck, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano, Yuri Temirkanov, and Michael Tilson-Thomas. Ms. Wang regularly gives recitals throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, and appears at summer chamber music festivals, including her annual engagement at the Verbier Festival. Highlights of this season include performances with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and Mr. Mehta, followed by an appearance with that ensemble at Vienna's Musikverein and a U.S. tour. She also tours with the San Francisco Symphony in Asia, performs an all-Brahms cycle in Paris with the principal players of the Berlin Philharmonic, and gives a recital tour of Japan that culminates with her debut at Tokyo's Suntory Hall. An exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon, Ms. Wang's catalogue includes three sonata recordings and a concerto recording with Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra that features Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Piano Concerto No. 2 (Grammy Award nominee for Best Classical Instrumental Solo). She studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing with Ling Yuan and Zhou Guangren, the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary with Hung-Kuan Chen and Tema Blackstone, and The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Gary Graffman. In 2010 she received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Yuja Wang first appeared with the Philharmonic in 2006, performing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1 as part of performances at Bravo! Vail, conducted by Bramwell Tovey, and in Tokyo, led by Lorin Maazel. Her most recent appearance was in 2012 performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3, conducted by Jaap van Zweden.
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