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Event - New West Symphony Concert in Celebration of the Chinese New Year

February 25, 2021

Past Event

Schedule

February 25-28, 2021

 

Event - New West Symphony Concert in Celebration of the Chinese New Year

February 25, 2021

Past Event

Schedule

February 25-28, 2021

 

An all-star cast of internationally-renowned performers will join with New West Symphony musicians from February 25-28 for “A Tour of China” in celebration of Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival. The live-streamed performances are part of the Symphony’s current “Global Sounds, Local Cultures” online season.  The festival is presented from the Kavli Theatre of the Bank of America Performing Arts Center and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. It will commence on Thursday, February 25 at 6pm (Pacific) with an informative, audience-friendly Zoom presentation from UCLA Senior Lecturer David Ravetch discussing the music to be presented in the “A Tour of China.” On Friday, February 26 at 7pm (Pacific), the celebration will continue with “Culture Insights,” a program offering insights into contributions made by Chinese Americans to California’s culture, demonstrations of traditional instruments, and discussions about history, arts and music with partner organizations. Saturday, February 27 at 7pm (Pacific) viewers will enjoy “Meet the Artists” interviews with pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music Wu Man, Grammy-winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and erhu master Hong Wang.  The festival culminates Sunday, February 28 at 3pm (Pacific) with a concert featuring festival guests and the New West Symphony under the direction of Artistic and Music Director Michael Christie. Pipa virtuoso Wu Man will take center stage as performer and composer of her “Two Chinese Paintings” and featured soloist in Tan Dun’s “Concerto for Pipa and Strings.” Composer Dun wrote the original soundtrack of the 2000 Academy Award and Golden Globe Award-winning film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and is credited with breaking barriers between Eastern and Western musical traditions and instruments.

Tickets to the concert are $25 each and can be purchased through New West Symphony.