Happy Chinese New Year!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

As part of WQXR’s China in New York festival, this week’s show features a visit with three young Chinese artists: tenor Yi Li, pianist Zhu Wang and pianist Chu-Fang Huang.

To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, Yi Li – who grew up in the Chengdu province and studied at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China – shares some of his favorite Chinese folk songs, including Under the Silver Moonlight and Love Song from the Grassland.

Fourteen-year-old Zhu Wang was the winner, and the youngest of the six finalists, in the inaugural Hilton Head International Piano Competition last year where he played Chopin.

And as a bonus, more Chopin from pianist Chu-Fang Huang from her performance at last year’s Avery Fisher Career Grant awards.

Program details:

Chopin: Nocturne in B Major, Op. 32, No. 1.
Chopin: Variations Brillante, Op. 12.
-- Zhu Wang, piano (from Hilton Head International Piano Competition).

Traditional Tatar song: Under the Silver Moonlight.
Traditional Yunnan song: Missing My Mother.
Qin Zhu: Love Song from the Grassland.
Traditional Uygur: Alamuhan.
Bizet: "Flower Song" (from Carmen).
-- Li Yi, tenor, and Mark Gibson, piano (recorded live in YAS studio).

St. Saens: Allegro Appassionato.
-- Zhu Wang, piano.

Chopin: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat Minor, first movement.
-- Chu-Fang Huang, piano.

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