Chinese New Year with Yo-Yo Ma
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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

Chinese conductor Long Yu is music director of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, artistic director and chief conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, and music director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. Other posts include principal guest conductor of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, founder of the Beijing Music Festival (where he was artistic director, 1998–2018), co-director of Shanghai’s MISA Festival, and founding president of the Shanghai Orchestra Academy (a collaboration among the New York Philharmonic, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and Shanghai Conservatory of Music).

In the 2019–20 season, Mr. Yu conducts the Royal Netherlands Radio and Taiwan philharmonic orchestras; Bern, Adelaide, and Singapore symphony orchestras; and Auckland Philharmonia, in addition to the New York Philharmonic. Last summer he led the Shanghai Symphony’s tour of the United States and Europe, with performances at London’s BBC Proms, Edinburgh International Festival, Wolf Trap, Ravinia Festival, Lucerne Festival, Grafenegg Festival, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. Mr. Yu has conducted acclaimed orchestras and opera houses throughout the world, and collaborates frequently with celebrated soloists such as Alison Balsom, Sumi Jo, Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Maxim Vengerov, and Yuja Wang.

In June 2018 Long Yu signed an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon for a global release and distribution partnership. As part of the label’s 120th anniversary celebrations in 2018–19, he conducted a launch concert at Beijing’s Forbidden City. In 2008, under his baton the China Philharmonic Orchestra became the first Chinese orchestra in history to perform at the Vatican in the Paul VI Auditorium; in 2014, they became the first Chinese conductor and orchestra to play the BBC Proms, a televised performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Long Yu’s honors include Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Légion d’Honneur, Montblanc Cultural Foundation’s Arts Patronage Award, L’onorificenza di commendatore, Atlantic Council’s Global Citizen Award, Yale’s Samuel Simons Sanford Award, and Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and received an honorary doctorate from The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. He is vice president of the Chinese Musicians Association.

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Yo-Yo Ma

Cello

Yo-Yo Ma

Cello

Yo-Yo Ma

Cello

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s multifaceted career is testament to his enduring belief in culture’s power to generate trust and understanding. Whether performing new or familiar works from the cello repertoire, collaborating with communities and institutions to explore culture’s role in society, or engaging unexpected musical forms, Mr. Ma strives to foster connections that stimulate the imagination and reinforce our humanity.

With partners from around the world and across disciplines, he creates programs that stretch the boundaries of genre and tradition to explore music-making as a means not only to share and express meaning, but also as a model for the cultural collaboration he considers essential to a strong society. Expanding upon this belief, in 1998 Mr. Ma established Silkroad, a collective of artists from around the world who create music that engages their many traditions.

This year, Mr. Ma begins a new journey, setting out to perform J.S. Bach’s complete Cello Suites in one sitting in 36 locations around the world, iconic venues that encompass our cultural heritage, our current creativity, and the challenges of peace and understanding that will shape our future. Each concert will be an example of culture’s power to create moments of shared understanding, as well as an invitation to a larger conversation about culture, society, and the themes that connect us all.

Yo-Yo Ma was born to Chinese parents living in Paris in 1955. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and three years later moved with his family to New York City, where he continued his cello studies with Leonard Rose at The Juilliard School. After his conservatory training, he sought out a liberal arts education, graduating from Harvard University with a degree in anthropology in 1976. 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

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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