Celebrating the Year of the Rooster

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Hannah Zhang at the 31st International Young Artists Piano Competition

This week, the Young Artists Showcase celebrates the Chinese New Year, which falls on Saturday. To ring in the Year of the Rooster, host Bob Sherman presents a program of traditional Chinese music and performers.
Founded in 1986 by Li-Ly Chang, the International Young Artist Piano Competition aims to advance the appreciation of Chinese composers while continuing cultural connections between Eastern and Western musical traditions. It brings together young musicians of all nationalities between the ages of 5 and 30. Each contestant presents a composition by a contemporary Chinese composer along with a piece from the Western piano canon.

On this program, we feature performances by the winners of the 31st International Young Artists Piano Competition from a concert held in June 2016. We also hear a series of traditional Chinese folk songs, as well as an original take on how "Chopsticks" came to be, narrated by Bob Sherman.

Tune in Wednesday at 9pm to ring in the Year of the Rooster with Bob Sherman.
Mozart: Rondo in D Major, K. 485
— Matthew Chang, piano

Shamo: Morning in the Forest
— Anastasia Kudin, piano

Geng: Merry Go Round
— Meagan Lee, piano

Hua: Little Fugue
— Sara Tardif, piano

Chang: Island Sounds
— Jonathan Luo, piano

Pu: Super Moon
— Seth Schultheis, piano

Chang: Ballade
— Soo Jung Kim, piano

Rorem: Piano Sonata No. 1, III. Toccata
— Ethan Hsiao, piano

Barber: Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26, IV. Fuga
— Seth Schultheis, piano

Traditional Chinese folk song: Molihua (Jasmine Flowers)
— Gong Linna, vocals

Traditional Chinese folk song: The Sun Ripens the Apples
— Children’s Chorus of the Beijing Children’s Center; Yang Hongnian, conductor

Traditional Tatar folk song: Under the Silver Moonlight
— Yi Li, tenor; Mark Gibson, piano