Chinese Garden News - Music of Modern China

May 01, 2015

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Violinist Cho-Liang Lin (left) performs Dun Tan’s Eight Colors for Spring Quartet with violinist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violinist Che-Yen Chen, and cellist Ben Hong. Photo by Martha Benedict.


The Huntington’s 2015 musician-in-residence, violinist Cho-Liang Lin, delighted music lovers this spring with several special programs and educational outreach activities, including a visit with 150 high school music students for a lively Q&A session. Lin’s goal during his residency was to introduce audiences to Chinese music in a modern context, with an emphasis on Chinese works composed for Western instruments. His sold-out final concerts, held on April 30 and May 1, were performed in the incomparable setting of the Clear and Transcendent pavilion in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. The program included works by Dun Tan, Bright Sheng, Shih-Hui Chen, and Chen Yi, and traditional folk songs arranged by Zhou Long.


“Cho-Liang and his fellow musicians performed a wonderful selection of music by prominent contemporary Chinese composers, all of whom seek to bridge the divide between Chinese musical traditions and those of the West,” said Duncan Campbell, the June and Simon K.C. Li Director of the Center for East Asian Garden Studies and Curator of the Chinese Garden. “As dusk fell in the garden and the moon rose over the lake, the quartet produced unforgettable magic.”


The visiting artist program is generously endowed by the Cheng Family Foundation.

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