Chinese New Year with Yo-Yo Ma

The New York Philharmonic

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Chinese New Year with Yo-Yo Ma

Location

David Geffen Hall

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Price Range

$55 - $145

Duration

1 hour 20 minutes without intermission

Date & Times

24

Feb, 2015

Tuesday, 7:30 PM

Event Info

Celebrate the Year of the Sheep with Yo-Yo Ma, the Philharmonic, and music from East to West, including the U.S. Premiere of Zhao Lin’s Duo — a concerto for cello and sheng, a Chinese woodwind instrument with 17 bamboo pipes.

Join us for the Gala which includes a pre-concert reception, concert, and post-concert seated dinner with the artists. For more information, click here.

Chinese New Year
Program

Li Huanzhi

Spring Festival Overture

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Hai-Deng Yan/Arr. Ye Zou

Jin Tune for sheng and orchestra

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Borodin

Selection from Prince Igor

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Traditional/Arr. Ye Zou

Fantasy on Maqam Themes, for ghijak and orchestra

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Traditional

2 Folk Songs: The Village of Sanshilipu, In Praise of Cattle

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Zhao Lin

Duo (U.S. Premiere)

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Artists

Long Yu

Conductor

Long Yu

Conductor

Long Yu

Conductor

Conductor Long Yu is music director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, and artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra. He is the founder and artistic director of the Beijing Music Festival, and co-director of the MISA Shanghai Summer Festival. He is marking his 16th season as music director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, where he made his debut in 1993; since being named music director in 2003, he has presided over the orchestra’s European and Egyptian tours, including performances at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Conservatoire de Luxembourg, Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, and the Cairo Opera House. He has collaborated with soloists including Alison Balsom, Sumi Jo, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Maxim Vengerov, and Yuja Wang.

Long Yu has conducted orchestras and opera companies throughout the world, including the New York, Los Angeles, Munich, Hong Kong, and Tokyo philharmonic orchestras; Chicago, Montreal, National, Cincinnati, Bamberg, NDR, Melbourne, Sydney, BBC, and Singapore symphony orchestras; Berlin and MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestras; and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, and Hamburg Staatsoper. In 2008, for the first time in history, the China Philharmonic Orchestra performed under the baton of Long Yu at the Vatican in the Hall of Pope Paul VI, a concert attended by Pope Benedict XVI that marked a giant step in bringing Eastern and Western cultures closer together.

In the 2017–18 season, aside from his work in China, he returns to the New York Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Zurich’s Tonhalle Orchestra, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, and Orchestre national de Lyon.

Born in 1964 into a musical family in Shanghai, Long Yu studied at the Shanghai Conservatory and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. In 1992 he was appointed principal conductor of the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing and served as its conductor for three years. He created opera productions for the Urban Council of Hong Kong for five years. In 1998 he led the creation of the Beijing Music Festival and has since been its artistic director.

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Yo-Yo Ma

Cello

Yo-Yo Ma

Cello

Yo-Yo Ma by Jason Bell

Cello

The many-faceted career of cellist Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Mr. Ma maintains a balance between his engagements as soloist with orchestras worldwide and his recital and chamber music activities. His discography includes more than 100 albums, including 18 Grammy Award winners. Mr. Ma serves as the artistic director of Silkroad, an organization he founded to promote cross-cultural performance and collaborations at the edge where education, business, and the arts come together to transform the world. More than 80 works have been commissioned specifically for the Silk Road Ensemble, which tours annually. Mr. Ma also serves as the Judson and Joyce Green Creative Consultant to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Negaunee Music Institute. His work focuses on the transformative power music can have in individuals’ lives, and on increasing the number and variety of opportunities audiences have to experience music in their communities. Yo-Yo Ma was born in Paris to Chinese parents who later moved the family to New York. He began to study cello at the age of four, attended The Juilliard School, and in 1976 graduated from Harvard University. He has received numerous awards, among them the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the National Medal of Arts (2001), and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010). In 2011 Mr. Ma was recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree. Most recently, Mr. Ma has joined the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees. He has performed for eight American presidents, most recently at the invitation of President Obama on the occasion of the 56th Inaugural Ceremony.

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Wu Tong

Sheng

Wu Tong

Sheng

Wu Tong NY Philharmonic

Sheng

Wu Tong, a National Class One Performer of the Central Nationalities Song and Dance Troupe, began studying sheng and suona at age five with his father, and entered the primary school affiliated to the Beijing Central Conservatory of Music in 1983. He graduated in 1994 from the conservatory’s college division, where he trained in Chinese wind instruments.

After meeting Yo-Yo Ma in 2000 at Tanglewood, Wu became a founding member of the Silk Road Ensemble, and has since participated in all of its recordings. He is also the founding vocalist of the Beijing-based metal band Lunhui (Again), the first rock band to appear on Chinese Central Television. Wu has performed as soloist with an array orchestras including the London Sinfonietta, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and Hong Kong Philharmonic; made his operatic debut in 2008 playing two roles in Stewart Wallace’s The Bonesetter’s Daughter at San Francisco Opera; and appeared on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman.

Wu developed a looping technology for a new electronic sheng, giving the Chinese traditional wind instrument a new lease on life, and he wrote and arranged the sound track for Wong Kar Wai’s film Ashes of Time Redux, featuring Mr. Ma; the film was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 and was featured in that year’s New York Film Festival. Wu Tong’s 2011 solo album was nominated for Taiwan’s Golden Melody Award for Best Crossover Album, and he was named the 2012 Musician of the Year by the China Institute in New York. His collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma on “Kuai Le,” featured in Yo-Yo Ma and Friends: Songs of Joy and Peace, won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album in 2010. In November 2013 Wu Tong joined Mr. Ma in the World Premiere of Duo, a double concerto written specifically for them by Chinese composer Zhao Lin.

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Lei Jia

Vocalist

Lei Jia

Vocalist

Vocalist

Lei Jia — coloratura soprano, Chinese vocalist, Chinese National Class-A performer, and advocate and ambassador for the New National Style — is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the China Conservatory of Music. Her folk, bel canto, and theatrical performances have earned her numerous industry awards — including gold honors at the Golden Bell Awards and National Young Singers TV Competition — and her songs have earned top honors at the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Arts & Literature Performance Awards, Five One Project honors from the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China, and three PLA Third-Class Merit Awards. In 2008 Ms. Lei was featured on the album The Songs of the 56 Chinese Nationalities, chosen as a national gift for dignitaries and diplomatic envoys during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. In 2009 she performed The Ballad of Mulan in Japan and Russia, and received the Outstanding Artist Award from Valery Gergiev. She has also performed the original folk opera Ballad of the Canals, the opera Leaving Cambridge, the Northern Shaanxi Opera The Ladies of Mizhi, the Men of Suide, the Qinghai flower drama Snow White Doves, and the historical opera Qu Yuan. In 2011 she appeared in solo performances in Xiamen and Beijing to promote the traditional culture of China’s ethnic groups. In 2014 Ms. Lei attended the fourth AsiaInfo Forum for Arts and Literature Gala, sang the anthem and the song Dreams Everlasting at the second Summer Youth Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, and sang Indigo Woad Blooms at the APEC Arts & Literature Gala. Passionate about the welfare of her community and society, she has been named China Fire Safety Promotions Ambassador, Youth Climate Ambassador, Ambassador for the Care of Rural Migrant Children, and Ambassador for Caring for the Handicapped, and has been given the individual award for Green China Public Welfare.

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Gulinaer Yiming

Ghijak

Gulinaer Yiming

Ghijak

Ghijak

Aijieke player Gulinaer Yiming was born in Ürümchi, in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. Gulinaer is a State First-Class artist and vice-concertmaster in The National Music Ensemble of Xinjiang Art Theatre, and is known throughout China for her performances on the traditional Uighur stringed instruments aijeke and hushtar, and for her work as a theatrical musician. After graduating from Xinjiang Arts Institute in 1982, she became a member of the Xinjiang Ensemble of Songs and Dances (the original name of The National Music Ensemble of Xinjiang Art Theatre). That same year she also participated in the Ürümchi city–conducted Autonomous Region’s National Instrumental Solo Competition — becoming the first musician to earn praise on the hushtar since the re-discovery of the instrument — and was awarded first prize at Jinan’s National Ethnic Instrumental Solo Competition. For more than 25 years she has performed across China’s various regions, and has been awarded numerous first prizes not only in Xinjiang, but also across China. Gulinaer Yiming has performed for factory and mine workers as part of the Cultural Artistic Troupe for Countryside, and has contributed to spreading Uighur music in China and worldwide. She has appeared in more than 20 countries, including in Chinese embassies and in programs fostering communication between cultural groups around the world.

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