SONGS OF THE EARTH
The Symphonic Soundscapes of Xiaogang Ye
Sunday, September 22 at 3 pm in New York City's Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center
About the Concert
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The DSO returns to New York for a concert 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.
The Program / Works by Xiaogang Ye
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Yongyan Hu, conductor
Twilight of the Himalayas (2012-13) (World premiere)
(Texts by Shaosheng Lee and Liu Sola)
Yijie Shi, tenor
Liu Shen, boy soprano
Ji Wei, zheng
New York Choral Society
The Last Paradise for Violin and Orchestra (1993) (U.S. premiere)
Cho-Liang Lin, violin
The Song of the Earth (2005) (U.S. premiere of the complete work)
Measha Brueggergosman, soprano
Chen-Ye Yuan, baritone
Composer Xiaogang Ye
Born on September 23, 1955, Xiaogang Ye is regarded as one of the leading Chinese composers active on the international scene today. From 1978 to 1983, he studied at China’s Central Conservatory of Music, and upon graduation was appointed resident composer and lecturer at that institution. In 1987, he studied at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. Among his teachers were Mingxin Du, Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner, Louis Andriessen and Alexander Goehr. In 2002, Ye founded the Beijing Modern Music Festival at the Central Conservatory of Music and continues to serve as the Festival’s Artistic Director. In 2009, he was appointed as Vice President of the Central Conservatory of Music.
Ye’s oeuvre covers symphonic works, chamber music for various instruments, and stage works as well as film music, for which he received Best Original Music in China’s “Golden Rooster” film awards and various Hong Kong Film Awards. Ye’s early accolades include first prize in the Alexander Tcherepnin Composition Competition (1982) and the Japan Dance Star Ballet Prize (1986). He was a fellow of the Metropolitan Life Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts (1996). In 2012, he won a Guggenheim Fellowship, which enabled the composition of Twilight of the Himalayas, receiving its world premiere at Avery Fisher Hall.
In August 2008, Ye’s Starry Sky was premiered during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing by Lang Lang. Accompanied by dance and dazzling lights, the live broadcast attracted three billion viewers worldwide.
Regarded as a leading and influential composer in China, Ye is also a standing member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, and Vice Chairman of the China Musicians Association. He has also served on the jury for the Luxembourg International Composition Competition.