Introduction to Concert Programs

1. "Prosperity Year after Year"
Excerpted from the namesake Chinese Folk orchestra Suite. Composed by Liu Xijin.
This piece is excerpted from Tianjin Song and Dance Theatre's Chinese Traditional Orchestra suite, "Prosperity Year after Year." The happy melody and joyous rhythm express people's yearnings for a blissful life, enjoying peace and prosperity year after year.  

2. Zhongruan Concerto, "Yunnan in Memories"
Composed by Liu Xing. 
This concerto is dedicated to the composer's dear friend. It makes full use of sweeping and left-hand pressing techniques, which produces a rich sound, lively atmosphere, and powerful elasticity. It is like pearls falling around, crystal clear and filled with life. The vastness of the sound and the softness of the color, like heavenly music, make people feel content. The combination of sweeping and speedy jumping techniques creates a most colorful music mood, which is sometimes strong and sometimes light.

3. Chinese Traditional Orchestra, "Culture of the Peking Operatic Circle" 
Arranged by Yu Di.
This piece integrates a part of the well-known Peking Opera "Farewell My Concubine" with the symphony of a Chinese traditional orchestra. It is original and well-structured. It enhances both Jinghu and percussion of Peking Opera in the whole orchestra, making Peking Opera and Chinese traditional orchestra both shine in their performance. Exquisite singing and majestic music form a complementing contrast, and present a unique flavour of Peking tune.

4. Bamboo Clappers with the Orchestra, "Joy of Harvest" 
Composed by Li Chongwang.
Tianjin is the home of quyi (Chinese folk art), and Bamboo Clappers is a popular form. This piece uses Tianjin-style Bamboo Clappers' rhythm as the solo and team playing. The crisp sound of Bamboo clappers is like firecrackers popping off, delivering the joy of harvest.  

5. Chinese Traditional Orchestra, "The Silk Road"
Composed by Jiang Ying.
This piece of Chinese traditional orchestra is composed on the subject of the ancient Silk Road developed from the Western Han Dynasty, and at the same time integrated elements from music around the world. It not only meditates on the ancient history but also looks into the future. It is a powerfully inspiring piece of Chinese traditional orchestra.  

6. Chinese Traditional Orchestra, "Festival in a Mountain Village"
Composed by Liu Wenjin.
This is a section of the "Taihang Mountain Suite." It is derived from folk music in Henan province, China, and portrays the joyous atmosphere of a festival in a mountain village.

7. Suona with the Orchestra, "Family Photo" folk music 
Arranged by Wei Zhaoqun.
This piece of folk music, popular in Anyang of northern Henan province, is originated from the tunes and singing styles of the ancient local "Luo Opera." This piece has a good structure, clear arrangement, and rich flavour. It has a powerful artistic appeal and is one of the representative pieces of folk music in Henan province.

8. Erhu Concerto No.2,"Recollection of Old Beijing" (excerpted)
Composed by Kuan Naichung.
The 4th Movement, "Lunar New Year's Eve"
This is a title piece, whose style is completely different from my Erhu Concerto No.1. It is a work for Erhu and orchestra written at the request of China National Symphony Orchestra. "Recollection of Old Beijing" is the name I gave to it.

The old Beijing of my childhood has left me an indelible impression, such as green trees, blue sky, golden tiles, and red walls. The majestic and mysterious Forbidden City, the refreshingly beautiful Beihai Park, the smell of old and new books in Liulichang, the worldliness of Tianqiao, are all so unforgettable. I wish I could see them all again in my dreams.

4th movement, "Lunar New Year's Eve": Back than it was much colder in Beijing. At a snowing Lunar New Year's Eve, the whole family would gather around the stove and have a big feast, staying up all night to welcome the New Year. Children were growing more excited towards the middle of the night. The warmth of the common people's families could never be felt by the royal family or those in high offices. Suddenly a firecracker exploded, and very soon the whole city became immersed in the joyous and boisterous sound of fireworks. And there came the New Year.

Erhu with the Orchestra, "The Great Wall Capriccio" (excerpted)
Composed by Liu Wenjin.
The 4th Movement, "Looking into the Distance"
This piece draws on China's local operas, folk arts and instruments like Guqin and Pipa. It employs the forms of multiple movements and orchestra concerto, enlarging Erhu's range of expression and improving the Erhu performer's capability to coordinate with the orchestra. It contains the passionate and resounding Jing style, the delicate and expressive intellectual culture, and the simple elegance of ancient Erhu. This piece demonstrates the unique quality of traditional Chinese folk music, capturing the national spirit in its magnificent performance.

9. Symphony Suite, "Journey to Lhasa" (excerpted)
Composed by Kuan Naichung.
The 2nd Movement, "The Yarlung Zangbo River"
The 4th Movement, "Tibetan New Year"   
Lhasa, meaning "holy land" or "Buddha's land" in Tibetan language, has a history of over 1300 years and is known as "a city of sunlight." It has the purest blue sky and many golden temples. It is a holy land at the roof of the world.

The 2nd Movement, "The Yarlung Zangbo River:" At the south of Lhasa, the Yarlung Zangbo River is the largest river in Tibet. This movement is moving like a powerful river rolling forward its huge waves.

The 4th Movement, "Tibetan New Year:" At Tibetan New Year, lamas in the Potala Palace dress as hungry ghosts dancing, being chased around by people. This custom is meant to exorcise the ghosts and alleviating disasters. The composer of this piece employs a modern composite rhythm to demonstrate this passionate and mysterious atmosphere. The looming appearance of the themes of the first three movements in this movement, on the other hand, conveys how people are still holding on to the traditional idea of spirits. The climax is achieved by the orchestra and ends in strong yearnings for happiness.   

Date & Venue

7:00PM, 27th February 2016
Central Hall Westminster
London SW1H 9NH

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Concert Programs

  • Prosperity Year after Year
  • Zhongruan Concerto, "Yunnan in Memories"
  • Chinese Traditional Orchestra, "Culture of the Peking Operatic Circle" 
  • Bamboo Clappers with the Orchestra, "Joy of Harvest" 
  • Chinese Traditional Orchestra, "The Silk Road"
  • Chinese Traditional Orchestra, "Festival in a Mountain Village"
  • Suona with the Orchestra, "Family Photo" folk music 
  • Erhu Concerto No.2,"Recollection of Old Beijing" (excerpted)
    Erhu with the Orchestra, "The Great Wall Capriccio" (excerpted)
  • Symphony Suite, "Journey to Lhasa" (excerpted)

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