The Orchestra Now (TŌN) Celebrates the Music of Chen Yi and Zhou Long

Sunday, October 8, 2023

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The sixth annual China Now Music Festival closes with a symphonic concert in honor of the 70th year of two extraordinary Chinese American composers, Chen Yi and Zhou Long, along with works by their mentor and teacher, Chou Wen-Chung, and two of their acclaimed students, Zhou Juan and Li Shaosheng.

Chen Yi and Zhou Long, two remarkable composers now in their 70s, had studied at Columbia University in the 1980s under composer Chou Wen-Chung, whose compositions reflected his deep connection to both Eastern and Western traditions. Chen Yi and Zhou Long were greatly influenced by their mentor’s fascination for exploring the intersection of different musical cultures, and over the decades of their storied careers in America, both have blended their cultural heritage with contemporary compositional techniques, resulting in a unique and captivating musical language.

Pre-concert talk with the composers at 2:15 PM.

Full program details below.

Chou Wen-Chung 周文中 (1923-2019)
And the Fallen Petals 花落知多少

Zhou Juan 周娟 (b. 1981)
Pipa Concerto Half the Reason Is You 半缘君
Liu Xiaojing, pipa solo

Chen Yi 陈怡 (b. 1953)
Symphony No. 3: My Musical Journey to America
i. The Dragon Culture 龙文化
ii. The Melting Pot 大熔炉
iii. Dreaming 惟有夜来归梦, 不知身在天涯


Li Shaosheng 李劭晟 (b. 1988)
The Tale of the Southern Tour 南疆巡记

Zhou Long 周龙 (b. 1953)
Beijing Rhyme 京华风韵
i. Wind of Bell and Drum 钟鼓风
ii. Wind of Temple Festival 庙会风
iii. Wind of Beijing Rhyme 京韵风
iv. Wind of Hasty Beats 急急风

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