Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
The ancient meets the avant-garde when the orchestra performs works by Zhao Jiping, Peng Xiuwen, and Tan Dun on traditional Chinese instruments.
- Sun., Oct. 9, 2005, 8:00 PM
- Concert Hall
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Yan Huichang, conductor
Guo Yazhi, guanzi
Wong On-Yuen, huqin
The ancient meets the avant-garde with the Kennedy Center debut of the 70-member Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, one of the world's leading symphonic ensembles of traditional Chinese instruments. In the Concert Hall, the orchestra contrasts Tan Dun's Fire Ritual--a work that employs spatial distribution of instrumentalists in the hall--with Zhao Jiping's Silk Road Fantasia Suite, a concerto scored for a wind soloist playing multiple instruments. The program also includes Peng Xiuwen's Fantasia on Terra Cotta Warriors, a grand soundscape that evokes 2,000-year-old battles, and Grand Victory, an arrangement of folk wind and percussion music from Shanxi Province.
Official HKCO Web site (in Chinese):
News and Reviews
"Tan Dun's 'The Map' Crosses Boundaries"
The Washington Post – Washington, DC (Dec. 19, 2004)