Chen Jie

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

name was a hall­mark piece by the late mae­stroMei Lan­fang, whose singing and per­form­ing style be­came one of the most im­por­tant schools of the an­cient Chi­nese art form.

Zhang, 36, be­gan to study fromMei’s son, Mei Bao­jiu, in 1997 and has been one of the lead­ing ac­tresses of the Mei school.

The piece com­bin­ing the Pek­ing Opera aria and aWestern clas­si­cal or­ches­tral com­po­si­tion will add to the fes­ti­val air of theChi­ne­seNew Year.

The sec­ond half of the con­cert in the US will fea­ture Gus­tav Mahler’s Song of the Earth. Mahler com­posed the sym­phony be­tween 1908 and 1909 af­ter read­ing Ger­man trans­la­tions of Tang Dy­nasty (618-907) po­ems. Mahler was fas­ci­nated by the nat­u­ral beauty of Chi­nese po­etry and he picked seven to set to mu­sic.

“Mahler cre­ated the work to ex­press his ad­mi­ra­tion of China’s earthly beauty. For this ver­sion in the up­com­ing con­certs, we­have added­some tra­di­tional Chi­nese in­stru­ments to lead each move­ment. I hope to give the West­ern au­di­ence a rich Chi­nese fla­vor,” says Tang.

In Canada, the or­ches­tra will start the con­certs with the na­tional an­thems of Canada and China, fol­lowed by the Chi­nese folk song Bei­jing Tid­ings.

Chi­nese vi­o­lin­ist Ning Feng will play Brahms’ Vi­olin Con­certo in D ma­jor. The or­ches­tra will also play Petro­vich Mus­sorgsky’s Pic­tures at an Ex­hi­bi­tion.

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