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Chinese New Year TV Broadcast

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Long Yu
Location: Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)
Tue, Feb, 12, 2013
7:30 PM
The 2014-15 Season

Program (Click the red play button to listen)

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Spring Festival Overture

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“Der Einsame im Herbst” from Das Lied von der Erde

 
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“Imitation of Old Poem: Long Autumn Night” from The Song of the Earth (U.S. Premiere)

 

Er Huang

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The Drunken Concubine

 

Selections with the Snow Lotus Trio

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Piano Concerto No. 1

Nearly 25 years passed between the time that Franz Liszt first sketched the themes of his Piano Concerto No. 1 and the work's premiere in 1855 — with the composer at the piano and Hector Berlioz on the podium. From its dramatic opening phrase to its brilliant finale, this spectacularly virtuosic work set the standard for the grand Romantic piano concerto tradition. The New York Philharmonic first performed the concerto in April 1867, conducted by Carl Bergmann, with S.B. Mills as soloist, and most recently, in June 2007, with pianist Markus Groh, conducted by Bramwell Tovey.
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Raise the Red Lantern

 
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Mongolian Folk Song Suite

 
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Conductor

Long Yu by CAMI

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 Tannhäuser 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, and, in February 2014, he is leading the Orchestra’s Chinese New Year Concert for the third time.

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Soprano

Ying Huang

Ying Huang has appeared in operas at The Metropolitan Opera, Brussels' Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, Royal Danish Opera, Cologne Opera House, and China National Center of Performing Arts. She has performed major roles in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, and Don Giovanni; Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore; Verdi's Rigoletto and Falstaff; Massenet's Werther; and Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier. She became the first Chinese vocalist to star in an opera movie when she played Cio-Cio San in Frédéric Mitterrand's 1995 film of Puccini's Madame Butterfly. In December 2006 she starred in The Magic Flute at The Metropolitan Opera, the first in the globally broadcast "Met HD Live" series. In 2009 she was selected for the "Wall of Fame" in the Met's 125th Anniversary celebration.

Equally devoted to Chinese contemporary opera, Ms. Huang worked with Tan Dun to prepare the opera The First Emperor and starred in his Peony Pavilion, Guo Wenjing's The Poet Li Po, and others. In 2011 she played the title role in the premiere production of Zhou Long's Madame White Snake, which won the Pulitzer Prize.

On the concert stage, Ying Huang has appeared regularly with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and SWR Radio Orchestra. She has sung at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Goldener Saal in Vienna's Musikverein. Her festival engagements have included the Mostly Mozart Festival, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Vienna's Festwochen, Cincinnati Music Festival, Beijing International Music Festival, and Shanghai's Music in the Summer Air.

A recording artist for Sony Classical, Ying Huang has recorded Roger Waters's Ça Ira with Bryn Terfel and Paul Groves, arias with James Conlon and the London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Danielpour's Sonnets to Orpheus, and Bitter Love, a concise version of Peony Pavilion composed and conducted by Tan Dun.

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Mezzo-Soprano

Jennifer Johnson Cano

A 2012 Richard Tucker Career Grant and Opera Index Winner and a 2011 Sara Tucker Study Grant Recipient, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera in 2008 and made her Met debut in 2009-10. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she was awarded the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and Princeton University Prizes, and has given acclaimed recital debuts at Merkin Concert Hall and the Kennedy Center, and in Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago.

In addition to her continued relationship with The Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Cano has appeared with orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Cleveland Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Orchestra of St. Luke's. She toured with Musicians from Marlboro singing Respighi's Il Tramonto and Cuckson's Der gayst funem shture, recorded live and released by the Marlboro Recording Society. A live recording of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with tenor Paul Groves was released by The Orchestra of St. Luke's in September 2012, as was a DVD set devoted to Robert LePage's Ring cycle for The Metropolitan Opera in which Ms. Cano portrays the Rhinemaiden Wellgunde. Ms. Cano has been part of the Ravinia Festival's Steans Institute, and received a 2009 Sullivan Foundation Award. Jennifer Johnson Cano is particularly honored to have been invited to sing the Anderson/Weill standard "September Song" at the private funeral for American icon and astronaut Neil Armstrong at the request of Mrs. Carol Armstrong.

Ms. Cano is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and earned her bachelor's degree in music from Webster University and her master's degree from Rice University. She appears with The New York Philharmonic for this concert courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera.

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The Snow Lotus Trio is an ethnic music ensemble consisting of three sisters from Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in China: Rhywosi-man, Hasi-man, and Kersi-man. The trio was created in 2002 and came to instant prominence following its debut with the China Film Philharmonic. Since then it has performed on the nation’s most prestigious stages and appeared in several China Central Television documentaries exploring China’s musical traditions. In 2007 the Snow Lotus Trio’s performance was the highlight of the closing ceremony of the Shanghai Special Olympics. The sisters bring the minority cultural heritage to the global stage with their compelling performances featuring traditional costumes, dancing, and singing as they blend the timelessness of the beautiful Tibetan countryside with a contemporary aesthetic. The Snow Lotus Trio’s unique style has attracted millions of fans across China and is generating growing recognition abroad.

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Piano

Lang Lang

Lang Lang performed with Plácido Domingo in the 2014 World Cup concert in Rio de Janeiro; with Metallica at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards; for four billion people globally during the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony; on the last night of the BBC Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall; and in the Liszt 200th birthday concert, broadcast live to more than 500 movie theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe. The pianist has formed musical partnerships with conductors including Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel, and Simon Rattle, and artists outside classical music including dubstep dancer Marquese “nonstop” Scott and jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. With his Sony ambassadorship, Lang Lang brought Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 7 to the sound track of the multi-million-selling computer game Gran Turismo 5 and 6. He has been featured on every major television network and in magazines worldwide, and has performed for international dignitaries including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, four U.S. presidents, former German President Koehler, former French President Sarkozy, and French President Hollande. In 2011 Lang Lang performed for President Obama and former Chinese President Hu Jintao at a White House State Dinner, as well as at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace. As a United Nations Messenger of Peace and through his own Lang Lang International Music Foundation, the pianist is an advocate for global education. In 2009 he was included in Time magazine’s TIME 100 as a symbol of the youth of China and its future. Lang Lang is a cultural ambassador for Shenzhen and Shenyang. His honors include being named one of the World Economic Forum’s 250 Young Global Leaders, honorary doctorates from the Royal College of Music and Manhattan School of Music, the highest prize awarded by China’s Ministry of Culture, Germany’s Order of Merit, and France’s Medal of the Order of Arts and Letters.


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Bamboo Flute

Junqiao Tang

Tang Jun Qiao plays Chinese Dizi (Chinese traditional flute). She began to learn Dizi as a teenager and made her debut recital at the age of 16. In 1992 she entered the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and subsequently joined the Shanghai Ensemble of Chinese Traditional Instruments as principal flutist. She has won numerous awards, and in 2004 and 2005 and was named one of the Top Ten Artists of Shanghai. She has given recitals in Asia and Europe, and in music festivals around the world, and she was invited by composer Tan Dun to play and record music for the Oscar-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, which she subsequently performed with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. She has also recorded new music by leading contemporary Chinese composers. Tang Jun Qiao is now professor of Dizi at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, a member of the All-China Musician Association, director of the All-China Traditional Instrumental Ensemble, and artistic director and music consultant of the Macao Youth Ensemble of traditional Chinese instruments. She made her New York Philharmonic debut in the 2011-12 season.

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Chorus

Quintessenso Mongolian Children’s Choir

Quintessenso Children’s Choir is a chorus of 37 children, ages five to 12. They come from the far end of Northeast China in the area of the world-renowned Hulun Buir Grassland, where children draw musical inspiration from the mystic forests, rivers, and lakes, and inherit their cultural heritage from the same Mongolian spring that brought up Genghis Khan. The children of five ancient Hulun Buir grassland tribes — Oroqen, Ewenke, Daghur, Buryat, and Baerhu — formed the Quintesseno Choir, and under the teaching and guidance of Burenbayaer and Wurina, China’s famous grassland singers, they sing traditional Hulun Buir folk songs and nursery rhymes. They perform more than 40 songs, five are in their own national languages. Two thirds of the children live in the pastureland, farming areas, and forest regions. The 2011-12 season's Chinese New Year Celebration marked the ensemble’s New York Philharmonic debut.

Special Thanks

Golden Prairie Culture Communications Ltd., Sinovision TV, Sinovision.net, Singtao Daily, Chinese Radio Network, Yue Magazine

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