Rhythms of China | Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park | International, Classical | Chicago Reader
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When: Mon., Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m. 2013
This promising program, assembled by Chicago’s Chinese Fine Arts Society, presents primarily forward-looking Chinese classical music, with an emphasis on contemporary work. The few pieces I’ve heard are superb, masterfully balancing traditional Chinese sounds with contemporary techniques. Lu Pei’s sonata Man Jiang Hong: Legend of an Ancient Hero, which mixes jagged dissonance and lyrical calm, will be played by pianist Winston Choi and violinist Rachel Barton Pine, who'll do her best impression of the nasal-sounding two-string Chinese instrument called the erhu. Daniel Lo’s vibrant Sojourner’s Song—which won the CFAS’s 2010-’11 Migratory Journeys International Composition Competition—bridges the ancient and the modern with sounds and traditions from two continents, combining the brittle twang of Yihan Chen’s pipa (a kind of Chinese lute), Choi’s stormy piano, Eugenia Moliner's luminous flute, and glowing marimba and jarring percussive swells by members of Third Coast Percussion. The program also features compositions by Vivian Fung, Lei Liang, Conrad Tao, and Yang Bao Zhi; other players of Chinese traditional instruments include Betti Xiang on erhu and Hong-Da Chin on a type of flute called the dizi. —Peter Margasak


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