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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