November 21, 2003 |
Yo-Yo Ma will perform the premiere of a cello concerto by Chen Yi as part of the Pacific Symphony's annual "American Composers Festival," Feb. 28-March 21, in several Orange County venues. Under the theme "Trade Winds From China," the festival will look at the Chinese Cultural Revolution and its impact on Chinese culture as well as Western influences on Eastern art and music. It will be the first of three festivals planned to focus on non-European music.
July 27, 2003
I was most appreciative of the substantial article on the preparation for the premiere of Bright Sheng's opera on the life of Madame Mao in Santa Fe ("Taking a Musical Career Risk Into Thin Air," by Diane Haithman, July 20). You absolutely captured Bright's brilliance, energy and compelling personality. He is undoubtedly one of his generation's most outstanding composers. As executive director of a symphony orchestra in New Jersey in 1990, I had the privilege of working with Bright in the performance of two of his works a few days after Leonard Bernstein died -- "H'un (Lacerations)
January 20, 1994 |
The Pacific Symphony has announced two pairs of chamber music concerts at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana, continuing the chamber music program the orchestra revived last year after a four-year hiatus. Each program will be given twice, and the $50 per-concert price tag will include a dinner at the museum's Topaz Cafe. The dinners begin at 6 p.m., concerts at 8. The first pair of concerts will be Feb.
March 12, 2002 |
Ten years ago, the mini-festival "Musics Alive!" sprouted in Ventura County, fueled by an intriguing premise--blending new and world music. In this offshoot of the New West Symphony, programming focuses on contemporary classical and non-western "world music." Last weekend's 10th-anniversary festival was host to Chinese composer Bright Sheng, who came to the U.S. in 1982.
December 19, 1999 |
Ma will try anything at least once. This is one of his most successful risks, an all-solo cello album of 20th century music that follows a coherent programmatic direction from start to finish. First, a transcription of fiddler Mark O'Connor's plain-spoken "Appalachia Waltz" serves as an opening prayer.
January 31, 2003 |
The Pacific Symphony will highlight its 2003-04 season, and its 25th anniversary year, with five commissioned world premieres. It will also devote its second annual American Composers Festival to the works of Chinese American composers. The season opens Oct. 8 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center.