Songs of the Earth – Zhou Long with Da Camera – Sat. 1/31

28 01 2009

Below is copied from Da Camera’s website.

 

“Saturday, January 31, 2009, 8:00 PM

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

Pre-concert conversation with composer Zhou Long and Sarah Rothenberg, 7:00 PM, 6th Floor

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (chamber version)
Zhou Long The Farewell for pipa, erhu and chamber orchestra
Gustav Mahler Abschied from Das Lied von der Erde (chamber version)

Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano; Da Camera Chamber Orchestra; Music From China (Susan Cheng, yangqin; Min Xiao-Fen, pipa; Wang Guowei, erhu); Gregory Vajda, conductor; Zhou Long, guest composer

This concert celebrates over 100 years of cross-fertilization between the Asian and Western classical traditions. European composers were inspired at the turn of the century by their discovery of poetry and music from Asia; in our day, Asian composers have come to America and found new musical voices by bringing their musical traditions together with their classical Western training.

Da Camera welcomes composer Zhou Long in his Houston debut. A world-class chamber orchestra with members of the Houston Symphony and other leading Houston musicians, led by acclaimed young conductor Gregory Vajda, collaborates with virtuosos from Music From China on the erhu and pipa.”

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Da Camera: Damaged Romanticism

10 11 2008

I attended Da Camera’s “Damaged Romanticism” this weekend and was blown away by the high quality of the performances and musical selections. The concert featured compositions by Stephen Hartke, Wolfgang Rihm, Karim Al-Zand, Franz Schubert, and Alfred Schnittke. Only ONE old piece of music! Totally sweet! …and such a serious concert. Definitely recommend anybody who likes to hear good new music to check out Da Camera’s performances.