FRI, JUL 20, 2018, 7:30 PM
Lan Su Chinese Garden
239 NW Everett St,
Portland, OR 97209
Beyond the Cultural Revolution: An Evening in the Garden
Enjoy a special evening of enchanting music that reflects the influence of Chinese culture in the gorgeous splendor of Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden. This is a special event with limited availability.
BRIGHT SHENG The Stream Flows for Solo Violin (1990)
Bright Sheng (b. 1955)
The Stream Flows for solo violin is commissioned by the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, for Nai-Yuan Hu, who gave the premiere performance on October 20th, 1990, at the Jorden Hall of the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.
The first part of the The Stream Flows is based on a well-known Chinese folk song from the southern part of China. The freshness and the richness of the tune deeply touched me when I first heard it. Since them I have used it as basic materials in several of my works. Here I hope that the resemblance of the timbre and the tone quality of a female folk singer is evoked by the solo violin. The second part is a fast country dance based on a three-note motive.
THE STREAM FLOWS
The rising moon shines brightly,
It reminds me of my love in the mountains.
Like the moon, you walk in the sky,
As the crystal stream flows down the mountain.
A clear breeze blow up the hill,
My love, do you hear I am calling you?
—© Bright Sheng, composer
VIVIAN FUNG Frenetic Memories for Clarinet Quintet (2017)
Vivian Fung (b. 1975)
Clarinet Quintet: Frenetic Memories is inspired both by the music of minority groups in Southwest China and by my travels to that region in 2012. My memories of the trip are simultaneously vivid and scattered – we heard many different groups and stayed with local families and farmers, taking in many new sounds, sights, and experiences, and at times it was a bit overwhelming.
This quintet uses the sounds I heard as a departure for my own original music, with paraphrases here and there from different sources. Overall, the music is quite intense and evocative and especially features the clarinet in a virtuosic way. At the very end, I request that a recording of an Yi minority folk singer singing “Wei Mountain Song” be played as a paean to this extraordinary and little known music.
The work is dedicated to ethnomusicologist Zhang Xingrong (张兴荣).
—© Vivian Fung, composer
CHEN YI Ning for Violin, Cello, and Pipa (2001)
Chen Yi (b. 1953)
The mixed trio Ning is commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, in collaboration with the Asian-American communities of Minnesota. The Chinese character Ning is another name of the city Nanjing, the capitol of China during the World War II. Ning also means serene and peaceful. Remembering so many horrible true stories told by my parents repeatedly with anger and passion, who experienced the Japanese invasion in China, I sincerely accepted the invitation from the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota to compose a piece of music for “calling the soul back to a resting place,” to remember the Asian Holocaust – the 1937 Nanjing Massacre – and to look forward to the peace of the world in the future. The music is composed in a dramatic shape, symbolizing the sound of atrocious violence and tragic scenes, hysteric crying and miserable sobbing, gripping meditation and illusive fantasy, performed on the bowed and plucked instruments, combining unique styles and performing techniques in the music of East and West in an abstract form and texture.
—© Chen Yi, composer