The culmination of a weekend of events celebrating Chinese New Year, the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra
makes its Kennedy Center debut in the Concert Hall. Conducted by Muhai Tang
, the orchestra celebrates the fruitful exchange with music from both China and the United States with Van Cliburn–winning pianist Haochen Zhang
and acclaimed violinist Dan Zhu.
The program features Chinese orchestral and traditional folk music alongside what is perhaps the most popular and visible example of a Western composer's intrigue with China--Puccini's Turandot
, excerpted for this concert and featuring singers Hui Tian
(soprano); Yuanming Song
(soprano); Lifu Wang
(baritone); and former Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist, Li Yi
The upcoming Chinese New Year celebrates the "Year of the Monkey," which lasts from February 8, 2016 until January 27, 2017.
The weekend will be the first in an annual series of events celebrating Chinese New Year at the Kennedy Center, and also includes Chinese pop music, activities for kids, the Shenzhen Lily Girls' choir, Henan Arts Troupe.
Due to illness, tenor Yuqiang Dai, originally announced as participating in this program, will not be able to perform in this concert.Performance Timing: TBA