On-Demand Video: Lang Lang and Quintessenso

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Monday, January 23, 2012

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On Monday, Jan. 23, the flamboyant pianist Lang Lang and Quintessenso, the Mongolian children's choir, came to The Greene Space at WQXR for a special Chinese New Year’s celebration featuring traditional folk songs and audience favorites. The sold-out event was presented as a live broadcast and video Webcast on WQXR.org.

The event is presented in association with the New York Philharmonic and hosted by David Garland.

About the 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 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 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 ensemble is in New York to make its New York Philharmonic debut.

Comments [9]

gany from queens

So glad there was not so much affectation this time.
Pianist that was taught the less arm waving etc. the more
spectacular the effects is!
He is good but flamboyance detracts the knowing while it may draw in the less knowledgeable.

Jan. 28 2012 06:58 PM
Belle from NY

Beautiful concert - and the children are delightful! So impressed with their talent and poise. The music is haunting and provocative.

Jan. 27 2012 12:44 PM
Amanda Schnall

I was hugely impressed by the children's singing both in this video and last night's broadcast. Utterly charming and fun.

Jan. 25 2012 07:33 AM
Mary V. Donohue from Long Island, NY

Lang Lang's piano performance was delightful and impressive. His musical interpretation was warm and heartfelt. His devotion to Liszt is easy to understand, yet some people would say that Clara Schumann was the pianist pioneer playing alone without orchestra and performing by memory with renderings that held audiences spellbound...

Jan. 24 2012 10:53 PM


Jan. 23 2012 07:08 PM

sound on internet is comprenised by delay fix needed

Jan. 23 2012 06:42 PM
Michael Meltzer

What a profoundly gifted bunch of kids! What an unerring sense of pitch! You don't hear that in an opera broadcast.

Jan. 23 2012 06:17 PM

Maybe it's because it's their name??

Jan. 23 2012 03:58 PM
Paul from Brooklyn, NY

Some care should be given to the calling of this choir "from Mongolia". These children are Chinese and were born in China in a section of China that used to be Mongolia. There is only one country that is called Mongolia. And there is still much tension between the Mongolians and the Chinese based on the years that Mongolians were ruled by the Chinese. Even the language that this choir sings can not be undertood by most Mongolians. There is nothing wrong with their singing from their heritage, but it would be less offensive to Mongolians if you said it was the Mongolian children's choir from China.

Jan. 21 2012 05:32 PM

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