The Toronto Chinese Orchestra is proud to present Ancient Poetry, New Melodies at the Toronto Centre for the Arts on Sunday June 28, 2015. This is the first concert in Toronto that joins choir, recitant, and traditional Chinese orchestra, pairing poetry from the Tang Dynasty with music from the 20th century. Join us on this exciting adventure as we explore another aspect of Chinese culture – the ancient literary arts and its influence on music.
With the guidance of our Artistic Advisor for this concert, Mr. Roy Cheng, and Music Director, Mr. Karl Pang, our concert will feature the Tsinghua Alumni Performing Arts Group Choir (TAPAG) – under the direction of Ms. Hongmei Cai, Windago Choir – under the direction of Ms. Elaine Choi, guest conductor Mr. Hang Kei Kwok from Hong Kong, recitant Mr. Roy Cheng, guzheng soloist Ms. Weiyu Xiao, and TCO’s own dizi soloist, Mr. Lipeng Wu.
Our Concert Programme:
- Horse Hunt for percussion ensemble by Bobby Ho (TCO)
- Lament of Wang Zhaojun by Xu Pei Dong (TCO)
- Song of Yi Dizi Concerto by Hang Kei Kwok (TCO)
- Beautiful Prairie, My Home Mongolian Folk Song (TAPAG Choir)
- Mayila Kazakh Folk Song (TAPAG Choir)
- Romance of Luyou and Tangwan by Zhanhao He (Guzheng, Choir, TCO)
- Song of the Pipa by Guanren Gu (Roy Cheng, TCO)
- Magnificent Horses arranged by Jing-Ling Tam (Windago Choir)
- Thoughts on a Still Night by Alice Ho (Windago Choir)
- Thoughts by Hang Kei Kwok (Choir, TCO)
Follow us here in the coming weeks as we introduce our guest artists, the background of the repertoire, and look more deeply into the poetry that is the inspiration behind these compositions.