WQXR Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month With HERITAGE AND HARMONY
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and WQXR is celebrating with "Heritage and Harmony," an online concert featuring a number of leading musicians of Asian descent performing works by noted composers of Asian backgrounds, as well as traditional Asian music.
This collection of videos will begin with each musician offering reflections on their heritage and their connection to the composer and the piece they've chosen to play, followed by a performance of the selected piece. Three of the composers featured in the concert -- Conrad Tao, Andrew Cheung and Christopher Tin -- also share their perspective on music and cultural identity in separate videos.
"Heritage and Harmony," will be available for viewing on a dedicated WQXR web page starting Thursday, May 28.
"I don't think there's even been a concert quite like this," said classical pianist Donna Weng Friedman, who created the event in collaboration with media partner WQXR. "This concert is a chance to bring people together through the unifying power of music, ranging from traditional pieces to compelling contemporary compositions, all performed by an amazing group of artists."
Matt Abramovitz, Vice President, WQXR: "We at WQXR share a vision of a more inclusive and equitable future for classical music. Projects like 'Heritage & Harmony' offer a window into a vibrant, diverse classical music scene, which is even more urgent in times like these."
The artists participating in "Heritage and Harmony" are:
Christopher Tin, two-time Grammy award-winning composer
Yoobin Son, flutist with the New York Philharmonic
Conrad Tao, world-renowned pianist/composer
Stefan Jackiw, internationally recognized violinist
Jon Kimura Parker, award-winning pianist
Mariko Anraku, harpist with the Metropolitan Orchestra
Yunah Lee, acclaimed lyric soprano
Soo Bae, noted cellist
Miranda Cuckson, superstar violinist
Anthony Cheung, composer and artistic director of the Talea Ensemble
Donna Weng Friedman, pianist and co-founder of the Her Music/Her Story performance series
The concert will be available on the WQXR website at https://www.wqxr.org/story/heritage-harmony/