Chinese New Year and Spring Festival Salute

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This past weekend, WQXR celebrated the Lunar New Year. To help welcome the Year of the Golden Snake, this week’s Young Artists Showcase features a pair of encores and highlights from a 2012 studio visit from tenor Yi Li, who shared some of his favorite Chinese folk songs.

Then, a new piano edition of the famous Butterfly Lovers Concerto, with a reading of the ancient Chinese legend by host Bob Sherman. To close the show, we’ll hear a performance by the National Children’s Centre Chorus of Beijing. This broadcast was made during their first visit to America in 1987. The chorus performed traditional Chinese melodies, as well as an American song that was newly world famous when this was recorded at the New York Times Auditorium for Sherman’s Listening Room series on WQXR.

Program details: 

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; Mark Gibson, piano. Recorded live in Young Artists Studio studio.

Chen Gang and He Zhanhao: The Butterfly Lovers Concerto, transcribed for piano by Chen Gang
— Jie Chen, piano; the New Zealand Symphony; Carolyn Kuan, conductor.

Traditional Chinese song: The Sun Ripens the Apples
M. Jackson and L. Richie: "We Are the World"
— Children’s Chorus of the Beijing Children’s Center; Yang Hongnian, conductor.