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Friday, August 9, 2013

City Slang: DSO going to NYC

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 8:32 PM

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is going to be performing at the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, New York, on September 22. This show follows two triumphant performances at Carnegie Hall during May’s Spring For Music festival.

According to a press release, this show is devoted solely to symphonic and vocal works of Chinese-born composer Xiaogang Ye. “Entitled SONGS OF THE EARTH, the program not only features the orchestra with Chinese-born, Yale- and Juilliard-trained conductor Yongyan Hu but also highlights outstanding soloists from the United States and beyond: Taiwanese-born violinist Cho-Liang Lin, Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Chinese tenor Yijie Shi, baritone Chen-Ye Yuan, zheng player Ji Wei and boy soprano Liu Shen. Also appearing in the world premiere of the opening work, Twilight of the Himalayas, is the New York Choral Society.This concert marks the first time that a major American orchestra performs a full concert in the United States of symphonic works by a single composer of Chinese descent.”

“On September 22, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs U.S. premiere of the complete work with Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman and Chinese baritone Chen-Ye Yuan. While Yuan has performed The Song of the Earth since its world premiere in Europe and Asia, Brueggergosman will meet the refreshing challenge in learning to sing in Mandarin Chinese for the first time. Yuan is most noted for his American operatic appearances, including Dr. Friedrich Bhaer in the recording and PBS televised production of Mark Adamo’s Little Women (2001) and Zhou En-lai in recent productions of Nixon in China for San Francisco Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Vancouver Opera, as well as the Naxos recording with Opera Colorado conducted by Marin Alsop. Both Chen-Ye Yuan and Yijie Shi are prominent operatic artists in China: the last time these two Chinese-born singers shared the stage was Xiaogang Ye’s Song of Farewell (2010), an opera about Peking opera performers in pre-revolutionary China.”

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