Chinese New Year and Spring Festival Salute

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

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.

Comments [1]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

CHINA AND ITS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING LIFESTYLES WITH ITS HISTORY DATING BACK TO PRE-BIBLICAL TIMES TO THE ERA OF THE PYRAMIDS AND THE ANCIENT HEBREWS WILL ALWAYS TANTALIZE THE IMAGINATION. MY BROTHER DR. BEN LANE AND I WERE SKIING TODAY AT MOUNTAIN CREEK SKI AREA IN VERNON, NJ, WHERE, AS USUAL NOWADAYS, THERE WERE AS MANY ASIATICS-- CHINESE, KOREANS, TAIWANESE AND JAPANESE--AS CAUCASIANS. THE COSMETICS OF THE VARIOUS CULTURES GATHERING FOR COMMUNAL SPORT IS NOT LIMITED TO SKIING BUT TO ALL SPORTS. AND IN THE ARTS CHINA HAS ALSO A GRAND HISTORY ON PAPYRUS, WITH WATERCOLORS, TAPESTRIES AND SCULPTURES THAT POPULATE OUR MUSEUMS. WHATEVER THE CHANGES THE BEST WILL ULTIMATELY SURVIVE AND PREPARE THE GROUND WORK FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer, "Shakespeare" and "The Political Shakespeare" and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. My websites where one may download, FREE, my singing in four solo concerts at the Isaac Stern Auditorium of Carnegie Hall by going to "Recorded Selections"; www.WagnerOpera.com, www.ShakespeareOpera.com and www.RichardWagnerMusicDramaInstitute.com.
Roles that are represented in my singing to be heard on my websites are: Tristan, Siegfried, Goetterdaemmerung Siegfried, Lohengrin, Parsifal, Siegmund, Walther von Stolzing, Florestan, Federico and Eleazar.

Feb. 19 2013 09:57 AM

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