FOUNDATION FOR CHINESE PERFORMING ARTS
3 Partridge Lane, Lincoln, MA 01773, Tel: 781-259-8195
The Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, is a non-profit organization registered in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts in January, 1989. The main objectives of the Foundation are:
- To enhance the understanding and the
appreciation of Eastern heritage through music and performing arts.
- To promote Chinese music and performing arts through performances.
- To provide opportunities and assistance to young Asian artists.
The Founder and the President is Dr. Catherine Tan Chan 譚嘉陵.
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
The Foundation held its official opening ceremony on September 23, 1989, at the Rivers School in Weston. Professor Chou Wen-Chung of Columbia University lectured on the late Alexander Tcherepnin and his contribution in promoting Chinese music. The Tcherepnin Society, represented by the late Madame Ming Tcherepnin, an Honorable Board Member of the Foundation, donated to the Harvard Yenching Library a set of original musical manuscripts composed by Alexander Tcherepnin and his student, Chiang Wen-Yeh. Dr. Eugene Wu, Director of the Harvard Yenching Library, was there to receive the gift that includes the original orchestra score of the National Anthem of the Republic of China commissioned in 1937 to Alexander Tcherepnin by the Chinese government.
The Foundation awarded Ms. Wha Kyung Byun as the outstanding music educator. In early December 1989, the Foundation, recognized Professor Sylvia Shue-Tee Lee for her contribution in educating young violinists.
The recipients of the Foundation's artist scholarship award were: 1989 Jindong Cai, MM conductor ,New England Conservatory, NEC (currently conductor and Associate Professor of Music, Stanford University,) 1990: (late) Pei-Kun Xi, MM, conductor, NEC; 1991: pianists John Park and J.G. Park; 1991:pianist Ilia Itin for the 9th Robert Casadesus International Piano competition where he won the first prize; 1992: Lan Shui, Affiliated Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, currently the conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra; 1994: soprano Guiping Deng of Boston University under Phylis Curtain; (currently Director of Vocal Department, Beijing Central Conservatory Attached High School,) 1999:
cellist Xu Xiao-Jan under Laurence Lesser, NEC; 2005: pianist Larry Weng at Juilliard and Columbia University; 2006: violinist Ying Xue under Donald Weilerstein at NEC. 2007 and 2008: violinists Ying Xue, Jing Zhang, and Quan Yuan under Donald Weilerstein at NEC. 2009, 2012 and 2013: violinists
Li Lao under Donald Weilerstein at NEC and pianist Qi Kong under Wha Kyun Byun and Russell Sherman at NEC Prep Walnut Hill School. 2010 and 2011: pianists Lu Shen and SiCong Liu under Alexander Korsantia at NEC. Musician Sponsorship for Boston Philharmonic Orchestra with Benjamin Zander: 2009 Ying Xue, and 2010, 2011 Quan Yuan. 2011: pianist XiXi Zhou under Hung-Kuan Chen at NEC, 2011-2012: violinist Angelo Xiang Yu under Donald Weilerstein at NEC. 2011-2012: cellist Zhou Yi under Laurance Lesser at NEC. 2012 soprano WanZhe Zhang at NEC. 2012-2013: cellist Taeguk Mun under Laurance Lesser at NEC. 2013: flutist Bi-Le Zhang under Paula Robison at NEC. 2014: violist Jing Peng under Kim Kashkahiam at NEC. 2014, 2015: saxophone Kangyi Liu under Kenneth Radnofsky at Boston University. 2014: cellist Ana Kim under Laurance Lesser at NEC. 2015-2016: cellist Jiyoung Lee under Laurance Lesser at NEC. Composer Delong Wang at NEC and Juilliard.
The Foundation awards about $35,000 annually in scholarships to young musicians attending our Music Festival at Walnut Hill.
1989: New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra's (YPO) concert tour to Taiwan and Korea; 1990: “A Ma Sitson Retrospective” concert; and Boston Musica Viva “Asian and Asian-American Composers Concert”; the ALEA III International Composition Competition, 1990, and 1993-1996; the Jin-Jin Lin Dancing Company; 1992 and 1993: International Young Artist Piano Competitions; 1999: composer Shih-Hui Chen Showcase at Carnegie Hall; 2006: New World Trio featuring Kurt Stallmann’s new work; 2007: New England Conservatory YPO concert tour to China; 2012: BMOP recording of Chen Yi’s new works; 2012: Wu Man’s Return to China “Discovering a Musical Heartland” recording; 2012: Bion Tsang 章雨亭 recording. Sponsored the 2015 China Education Symposium Annual Conference Closing Performance at Harvard University Graduate School of Education on May 3, 2015. Program included works by composer Delong Wang, performed by violinist InMo Yang, cellist Taeguk Mun, and suona player Yazhi Guo.
- “The Stream Flows” for solo violin小河淌水, Bright Sheng盛宗亮, 1990. World premiere: October 20, 1990 by violinist Nai-Yuan Hu
at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
- “Westwinds” for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble, Theodore Antoniou, 1991. World premiere: May 4, 1991 by ALEA III Chamber Orchestra at Marsh Chapel, Boston University.
- “Autumn Air” for flute and doublebass, Yong Yang 楊勇, 1992. World premiere: Spring, 1993, London.
- “East-West for Chamber Orchestra”, Theodore Antoniou, 1993. World premiere: May 1, 1993. ALEA III Chamber Orchestra at Boston University.
- “Run” for flute, clarinet, harp, piano, and string quartet. Theodore Antoniou, 1996. World premiere: May 4, 1996. ALEA III Chamber Orchestra at Boston University.
- “River Songs” for erhu and cello,Yong Yang楊勇, 2001. World premiere: January 18,2002, by Xu Ke ,erhu at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
- “Distant Rhythm 新十六版” for erhu, pipa, violin, viola, and cello. Yong Yang楊勇, 2005.
World premiere: January 8, 2005 at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
- “Shu Shong Key 思想起 (Remembrance).” For viola and chamber ensemble by Shih-Hui Chen
陳士惠2006. Boston premiere: January 6, 2007 at NEC’s Jordan Hall.
- “The Echo in the Sky 天際鴻音”for violin by Ke Xu 徐可, 2014.World premiere January 17, 2015 by violinists Angelo Xiang Yu 于翔at NEC's Jordan Hall.
1.October 21, 1989: Pianist Yin Cheng-Zong殷承宗. Boston debut at Harvard’s Sanders Theater. The concert was favorably reviewed by the Boston Globe and other newspapers.
2. February 27, 1990: The Foundation, together with the Enchanted Circle Series of the New England Conservatory, presented “Winds from China, New Music by Chinese Composers” at Jordan Hall. Works
by Ma Shui-Long, Chen Yi, Tan Dun譚盾, Bright Sheng盛宗亮, Zhou Long周龍, Yong Yang 楊勇 and Qu Xiao-Song were performed by the ALEA III Chamber Orchestra conducted by conductor/composer Theodore Antoniou. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe said “...the city's first concert by the young Chinese composers... It is only a matter of time before Chinese composers begin to take their places in the international pantheon.”
3.October 20, 1990: Violinist Nai-Yuan Hu胡乃元. Boston recital debut, at New England
Conservatory’s Jordan Hall. Richard Buell of the Boston Globe praised the outstanding performance by
the 1985 first prize winner of Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium Nai-Yuan Hu and his accompanist
Dr. Ick Choo Moon, and the composer Bright Sheng盛宗亮 , whose solo violin piece “The Stream Flows” was commissioned by the Foundation and was premiered at the concert.
4. April 6, 1991: A benefit concert for Boston's South Cove Manor Nursing Home at Jordan Hall. Featured artists included pianist Yin Cheng-Zong and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston,
under the baton of conductor/composer Theodore Antoniou. The program included: Yellow River Concerto, Mozart piano concerto No. 21, and Rachmaninoff piano concerto No. 2. A sum of $5,000
was presented to the Nursing Home by Professor Susan Weld (Mrs. Governor Weld of Massachusetts) on behalf of the Foundation. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe gave this concert a fine review. The Foundation also held an international competition to search for the best Chinese translation for the “Pro Arte” 博雅Orchestra. The winner from over 100 entries, Miss Chia-Yu Tu, a senior at National Taiwan University, received certificate and cash award. Prof. Rulan Pian (Harvard), Dr. Eugene Wu (Harvard Yenching
Library), and Mr. Ton Wu (Museum of Fine Arts Boston) served as the judges.
5. May 4 and 5, 1991: The First International Conference on Chinese Music at Boston University.
The objective is to stimulate discussions of East-West cross cultural influences on music compositions. Keynote speakers were: Lukas Foss, Earl Kim, Robert Morris, George Rochberg and Chinary Ung. Ten junior composers of Chinese-American background (including Chen Yi, Zhou Long 周龍, Bright Sheng盛宗亮, Yang Yong楊勇) also presented their works. Selected works by the keynote speakers were presented in a concert on May 4. “Westwinds,” composed specifically for this conference
by Theodore Antoniou, was premiered. Richard Buell of the Boston Globe reviewed this concert
with remarkable comments.
6.April 24, 1992: Pianist Pi-Hsien Chen. Boston Debut, at Jordan Hall. Richard Buell of the Boston Globe wrote: “... Chen a first-rate, penetrating musical intelligence. ”
7, November 30, 1992: A special memorial concert for Alexander and Ming Tcherepnin for their contribution to Chinese music at Harvard University’s Sander’s Theatre. In this concert, Yo-Yo Ma played Tcherepnin's Suite for Solo Cello and joined violinist Lynn Chang in the Duo Fantasia. Pianists Luise Vosgerchian, Judith Gordon, Lily Tong Chou and cellist Rhonda Rider also performed works of Tcherepnin. The second half of the concert was devoted to Alexander Tcherepnin's opera “The Nymph and the Farmer,” in a semi-staged production overseen by Ivan Tcherepnin and narrated by June Lewin. The singers were Cindy Wang and Bo Song, both eminent artists from China. The Pro Arte Orchestra of Boston were directed by Lan Shui, the Affiliated Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Boston Globe called it, “An elegant tribute to the Tcherepnin family!” Even though it was a long concert, Richard Dyer indicated that he was "hungry for more!" Josiah Fisk of the Boston Herald called it “a fitting memorial,” and that “the performers were numerous and superb.”
8.January 29, 1993: Pianist Fou Ts'ong 傳聰at Jordan Hall. Richard Buell from the Boston Globe: “...his reputation as a Chopin player is of a kind that no amount of glossy ads and record-store display can buy...Whose quality is evident from the first few notes.”
9, May 1 and 2, 1993: The Second International Conference on Chinese Music at Boston University. Keynote speakers were Lawrence Moss, Jonathan Kramer, Earl Kim, Chinary Ung and Leon Kirchner. Fourteen Chinese-American composers (including Chen Yi, Zhou Long周龍, Bright Sheng盛宗亮 , Yang Yong楊勇) also presented their works. Selected works by the keynote speakers and of Shui-Long Ma and the late Daylee Lee-Huei Wu were performed by ALEA III on May 1. “East-West for Chamber Orchestra” by Theodore Antoniou was premiered at the concert and received fine review by Anthony Tommasini of The Boston Globe.
10, July 24, 1993: “An Evening of Beethoven” at Boston University Tsai Performance Center. Featured soloists Lynn Chang, Mihae Lee, and Bion Tsang 章雨亭 performed Beethoven's Triple Concerto in C under the direction of Ronald Knudsen with members from the Longwood and Newton Symphony Orchestras. Richard Buell of the Boston Globe wrote: “...real music-making did get done.”
11. October 31, 1993: Pianist Yin Cheng-Zong殷承宗 in celebrating the 10th anniversary of his debut at Carnegie Hall, New York. Bernard Holland of The New York Times wrote: “Mr. Yin's absolutely beautiful command of piano color” had made his concert a pleasure one to attend.
12, November 14, 1993: Pianist Gwendolyn Mok. Boston debut at Jordan Hall. Richard Buell of the
Boston Globe: “The initial good impression made by Samuel Barber’s ‘Excursions’ was sustained by a self-possessed, unflashy, but peculiarly spot-on account of the Ravel ‘Miroirs.”
13, May 23, 1994: The Peacock Princess, dancer Yang LiPing Boston debut at John Hancock Hall. An
14, October 8, 1995: Taipei Sinfonietta Orchestra debut performance at Boston’s Symphony Hall.
Music Director Henry Mazer along with pianist Hung-Kuan Chen and trumpet Timothy Morrison presented works by Mozart, Shostakovich, Schoenberg and Fou-Tong Huang to the more than 2000 music lovers at Symphony Hall. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe called the Taipei Sinfonietta “a great string orchestra… The sound was electrifying...”
15, February 3, 1996: Pianist Yin Cheng-Zong殷承宗 at New York Carnegie Hall (the Main Hall.)
About two thousand attended.
16, March 30, 1996: The first joint concert by Pianists Pi-Hsien Chen and her brother Hung-Kuan Chen at Jordan Hall. Michael Manning of Boston Globe wrote: “It was clear from the outset that both are highly accomplished musicians, very skilled pianists ... “
17. May 3 and 4, 1996: The Third International Conference on Chinese Music. Keynote speakers were Lukas Foss, Jonathan Kramer, Lawrence Moss, Rulan Chao Pian, Bernard Rands, Kay Kaufman Shelemay, David Stock, and Ivan Tcherepnin. Thirteen Chinese-American composers also presented their works. Selected works by the keynote speakers and that of Tzyy-Sheng Lee, Lei Liang, Yang Yong, Po-Yun Hsu, May-Tchi Chen, Joyce Bee Tuan Koh, and Shing-Kwei Tzeng were performed
by ALEA III in two concerts on May 3 and 4. “Run” by Theodore Antoniou was commissioned by the Foundation and premiered at the concert and received favorable review by the Boston Globe.
18, October 5, 1996: “Songs from the World” with soprano Ree-Ven Wang, mezzo soprano Ji-Young Lee, and pianist Michael Beattie at Jordan Hall.
19, March 29, 1997: Pianist Fou Ts’ong gave an All-Schubert program in celebration of Schubert’s
200th birthday, at Jordan Hall. It was a sold-out event. Michael Manning of The Boston Globe said: “
...The Chinese virtuoso Fou Ts’ong is a legendary Chopin Mazurka interpreter who hewed the trail now
well trod by Asian musicians.”
20, September 27, 1997: Pianist Tian Ying at Jordan Hall. Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe called
it “Ying is at pinnacle of pianism”, and started his article by saying “In the first major piano recital of
the season, Tian Ying set the bar unimaginably high. ”
21, March 27, 1998: Peking Opera at Harvard University’s Sander’s Theatre. Presented jointly with
the “World Music,” this sold-out event led the enthusiastic audience through a breath-taking journey.
The 57-member Peking Opera Group received top rated reviews from both The Boston Globe and
the Boston Herald.
22. April 2, 1998: Traditional Silk and Bamboo Music by “The China Found Music Workshop” from Taiwan at Boston University Concert Hall. Program included traditional Chinese music and new works by Pan Hwang-Long, Lee Tzyy-Sheng, and a world premier piece by Hsu Ya-Ming.
23, April 10, 1998: Violinist Cho-Liang Lin, pianist Li Jian, and cellist Hai-Ye Ni at Jordan Hall.
Richard Buell of the Boston Globe called it “high-powered trio of instrumentalists for a program that ventured enterprisingly beyond safe and standard.”
24, September 25, 1998: Violinist Lynn Chang, pianist Hung-Kuan Chen, and cellist Bion Tsang 章雨亭 at Jordan Hall. Barbara Sealock of the Middlesex News called it : “A spellbing evening… the
performers, together and individually, will undoubtedly garnering further international acknowledge...”
25, 26, February 20 and 26, 1999: Pianist Fou Ts’ong at Jordan Hall and Carnegie Hall (Main Hall) for an All-Chopin program. Richard Buell of the Boston Globe praised Fou Ts’ong in this 2 sold-out performancse: ” ..the lofty position Fou Ts’ong occupies among the pianistic elite is something you’ll get no arguments
about from those in the know....This recital documented the pianist’s lifelong devotion to Chopin in the most beautiful and moving of ways....”
27, April 20, 1999: Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Taipei, Chun-Fung Lee, Music Director, at the
First and Second Church in Boston. Richard Buell of Boston Globe praised the works by Ma Shui-Ling,
Earl Kim, and Ivan Tcherepnin.
28, September 25, 1999: Alexander Tcherepnin Centennial Concert at Boston Symphony Hall. A special memorial concert dedicated to Alexander, Ming, and Ivan Tcherepnin for their contribution to Chinese Music. More than 2600 people filled the Symphony Hall to its capacity to hear Yo-Yo Ma, Lynn Chang, Hung-Kuan Chen, and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra directed by Lan Shui. Both Boston Globe and Boston Herald announced this event three weeks prior the concert and followed with several other reports and very favorable reviews. Richard Dyer of Boston Globe called this concert “An eloquent tribute to Tcherepnins, the father and son who lived for music” Mr. Lloyd Schwartz of Boston Phoenix said “...What we now need is to hear more of his (Alexander) music - more music by all the Tcherepnins.” The program book with more then 180 pages of special collection of photos, biographies and tributes to Alexander, Ming and Ivan written by famous musicians has served as a reference document for sure.
29, January 28, and Saturday, January 29, 2000: Beijing Kunju Opera at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre. Presented jointly with the “World Music,” this two sold-out evenings led the enthusiastic
audience through a breath-taking journey. The 60-member group performed “Borrowing the fan”, “Zhong Kui marries off his sister”, “The crossroads” and “In the garden from the Peony Pavilion.” The performances received top rated reviews from both The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe called it “...dazzling show...” “(the) happy audience experienced one of the world’s
most spectacular theatrical forms..”
30, February 18, 2000: Pianist Pi-Hsien Chen at Jordan Hall. Richard Buell of the Boston Globe praised her talent and feistiness: “ It was hardly a surprise that Chen’s playing showed an unexceptionable sylistic ease.”
31, April 8, 2000: New Music from China, Concert and Seminar, at Longy School of Music. Composers (alphabetically) Shih-Hui Chen, Chen Yi, Sarana Tzu-Ling Chou, Bun-Ching Lam, Hwang-Long Pan, Bright Sheng, Yang Yong, and Zhou Long周龍 represent three generations of Chinese composers from China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, and their works are performed by Boston Modern Orchestra Project with Gil Rose conducting and Wu Man as the pipa soloist. More than 400 people, including Pulitzer winner Professor Bernard Rands and Richard Buell of Boston Globe, filled the concert hall to its capacity.
32, May 12, 2000: Duo Asiatica (Song Tu, clarinet and Pi-Hsun Shih, piano) and pianist Elaine Chew
at Jordan Hall. Principal clarinetist of both Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, Song Tu and pianist Pi-Hsun Shih performed Weber’s Grand Duo among other works in “…total homony…”
33, September 22, 2000: Violinist Nai-Yuan Hu, and pianist Nelson Padgett, at Jordan Hall. Program included works by Mozart, Bach, and Strauss.
34, October 7, 2000. Pianist Fou Ts’ong 傳聰at Jordan Hall. Michael Manning of The Boston Globe gave Mr. Fou a rave review for his triumphant return to another sold out concert: “Fou is acknowledged as one of the great performers by many of his most esteemed colleagues, as one of the greatest living interpreters of Chopin."
35, February 2, 2001. Pianist Dang Thai-Son鄧泰山 at Boston Debut at Jordan Hall. Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe praised Dang: “ a pianist of superb discipline and undeniable distinction.” Mr. Dyer also recognized the tireless effort of the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, he said “…their series has been a valuable addition to our cultural landscape, and over the years it has built a substantial and enthusiastic audience for Asian artists of all kinds.”
36, March 17, 2001. Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen 陳宏寬at Jordan Hall. Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe wrote: “Never will I forget his encore after a blazing performance in 1987-- Brahms’s ‘Paganini’ Variations!” Ms. Ellen Pfeifer of The Boston Globe titled her review: “Chen takes command at Jordan Hall” marking Mr. Chen’s triumphant return to the stage after his severe hand injury in 1992. She described the performance
37, April 7, 2001. Pianist Tian Ying 應天峰at Jordan Hall. Michael Minning of the Boston Globe titled
his review as: "Pianist Tian Ying shows stunning artistry at Jordan Hall" "Ying’s program was a memorable entry on this year's concert calendar... There was not a moment that one could call ordinary, nor a single musical impulse that qualified as mundane..."
38, April 27, 2001. A Traditional Chinese Music Concert by Ping Li李平, dulcimer, Jun Qin秦君, GuZhang, and Zhan-Tao Lin林戰濤, Erhu at The Tsai Performance Center at Boston University. The excellent performances charmed the sold-out American and Chinese audiences.
39, May 13, 2001: Taiwan Heritage Concert 2001 at Harvard’s Paine Hall. Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen and his sister violinist Pi-Chao Chen performed music by Taiwanese composers:
Wen-Yeh Chiang, Shih-Hui Chen, Hwang-Long Pan, and Gordon Chin.
40, October 19, 2001. The Ju Tzong-Ching 朱宗慶Percussion Group Boston Debut at Longy school of Music. The Group charmed a full house, bringing the enthusiastic audience to their feet, cheering nonstop. Upon the request of the Foundation for Chinese Performing Arts, the Group added a special arrangement of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" as a tribute to the tragedy of September 11.
41, January 18, 2002. Xu Ke許可 Erhu Recital Music from the Silk Road at Jordan Hall. Accompanists are pianist Wang Li, cellist Edward Arron, and dulcimer player Zhang Zhen-Tian. Program included Erhu classics, Silk Road music, and world premieres of works by Yang Yong 楊勇 and Wang Yanquao. The enthusiastic audience was stunned by Xu Ke’s superb technique and amazed by the flexibility, speed, dynamism, and hall-filling tone of this ancient, two-stringed Chinese instrument.
42, April 13, 2002. Pianist Fou Ts’ong 傳聰at Jordan Hall. Over one thousand enthusiastic audience members packed Jordan Hall in this special concert dedicated to the memory of pianist Fei-Ping Hsu 許裴平 (1952-2001), who was scheduled to appear originally but passed away in a tragic automobile accident in China. The fruits of a lifelong devotion to music were displayed in Fou Ts’ong’s Performance. Despite of the tendentious in his hands, Fou Ts’ong’s penetrating notes reached out to everyone in the
concert hall. In his master class the next day, Fou Ts’ong explained his ideas to three advanced young pianists including Ning An安寧, winner of the Chopin and Rachmoninoff competitions, as well as nearly
one hundred musicians and students.
43, October 5, 2002. “Triple Visions” A Gala Concert with violinist Lynn Chang, pianist Hung-Kuan Chen, cellist Bion Tsang 章雨亭, and the New England String Ensemble Festival Orchestra led by
Susan Davenny Wyner, at Jordan Hall. Program included Beethoven’s Trio No. 6 in Bb major
(“Archduke”), and Beethoven’s Concerto for violin, cello, piano and orchestra in C major. The three soloists, each the recipient of individual international acclaim, were united as one in the trio performances. The concert also featured the Boston debut of Bright Sheng’s “Post Cards” for Orchestra, a love letter from China describing the nature, the people, and the culture.
44, October 11, 2002: “Chinese in America” at Jordan Hall. In collaboration with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Gill Rose conductor. Works by Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, Chen Yi, Yang Yong, and Shih-Hui Chen were presented, with featuring soloists Wu Man on pipa and Xu Ke on Erhu. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe noted the effort of the Foundation in promoting the Chinese composers: “…it was amazing to think back to the first such local program a dozen years ago - it featured four of the same composers, all of them still or recently students, and some of them have since become figures of world importance. “
45, February 1, 2003: Cho-Liang Lin林昭亮, violin and André-Michel Schub, piano at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. This concert was recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM for future broadcast.
46, April 5, 2003: The Shanghai Quartet at Jordan Hall. Their superb artistry was demonstrated in a program of Beethoven, Schubert, and selections of “ChinaSong” by Yi-Wen Jiang. The concert was record live by WGBH 89.7 FM.
47, August 29, 2003: Han-Tang Yuefu Ensemble漢唐樂府 Boston Debut at John Hancock Hall. Dubbed "spell-binding" by the New York Times, Han-Tang Yeufu was praised by Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe as “…a crowd-pleasing journey..the dancing was graceful and excellent… the founder Chen Mei-O, a singer of extraordinary plangent resources.. the music was intimate..it came from a culture that was closer to the rhythms and patterns of nature than are our lives today." Their lecture and demonstration at Harvard's Yenching Library on August 23 initiated passionate discussions among the renowned scholars in attendance. This highly anticipated performance was featured in both the Boston Globe's Critics' Picksand Calendar's Choice sections.
48, October 4, 2003: Pianist Meng-Chieh Liu劉孟捷 Boston Debut at Jordan Hall. After surviving life-threatening illness, Meng-Chieh Liu returned to the stage in his Boston debut with brilliance, depth, and maturity. The audience poured out their unreserved applause for this moving and inspirational performance. WGBH 89.7 FM invited Mr. Liu for a live performance before the concert. The Boston Herald published a full page story and photograph, and Boston Globe cited the concert as a “Critic’s Choice.”
49, January 29, 2004: National Experimental Choral Group from Taiwan at Sanders Theatre. The top professional choral group from Taiwan is celebrating their 18th season with this US-Canada tour. Soprano Dang Gui-Ping鄧桂萍, of “Madame Butterfly” fame from Boston also joined the performance. It was
listed on the “Calender Choice” of the
50. February 28, 2004: Pianist Dang Thai-Son鄧泰山at Jordan Hall. The 1st prize winner of 1980 Chopin International Competition presented a challenging program including works by Debussy, César Franck, and Chopin. He brought the house down playing what Boston Globe has described as “First Class! A pianist of superb discipline and undeniable distinction.” This concert was recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM and was listed on Boston Globe’s Calendar’s Choice.
51. March 14, 2004: Sumptuous Feast Chinese Music for Strings and More at Forsyth Chapel of Forest Hills. Ching-San Cheung, Shin-Yi Yang, Elisa Cheung, Lucy Lu, and Chi-Sun Chan performed at a sold-out concert with traditional Chinese music ranging from classical to morden arrangement.
52. April 17, 2004: Three Rising Stars at Jordan Hall. Ning An安寧, piano; Joseph Lin, violin; and Wendy Law, cello. Mr. Keith Powers of Boston Herald said “Virtuosity and musicianship of the highest order were on display all evening…” They were invited to perform live on WGBH 89.7 FM and was listed on
Boston Globe’s Classical Picks.
53. August 4, 2004: The Ju Tzong-Ching 朱宗慶Percussion Group at Sanders Theatre. T.J. Medrek of Boston Herald called them “ Terrific…Striking Performance…, the Ju Percussion Group positively dazzled in a performance combining the theatrical energy of the “Stomp” with the sophistication of the finest contemporary classical ensemble.”
54, October 2, 2004: Pianist Fou Ts’ong 傳聰70th Birthday Concert at Jordan Hall.
55, October 9, 2004: Pianist Fou Ts’ong 70th Birthday Concert at Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium.
In the two sold-out concerts, Fou Ts’ong performed works by Haydn, Schubert, Chopin and Soong Fu-Yuan. In his master class October 3 at New England Conservatory, he shared many insights to a depth that only a few top masters could reach. About two hundred musicians and students attended. The concert on October
2 at Jordan Hall was recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM and was listed as one of the “Classical Picks” by Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe.
56, January 8, 2005: Distant Rhythm 遠韻清音: Musical Encounters with Lynn Chang張萬鈞, Wu Man吳蠻, and Xu Ke許可 at Jordan Hall. Through snow and ice, more than 700 enthusiastic listeners cheered the performance. The concert also included percussionist Robert Schulz and pianist Leslie Amper, and cellist Yo Yo Ma applauded from the audience. Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe called the performers “superb” and described the music as “enthralling”. He mentioned Lynn Chang as “expert and indefatigable” and Leslie Amper as “warm-toned…The strongest impressions were left by Chen Yi’s ‘Ning’ for violin (Lynn Chang), cello (Carol Ou), and pipa (Wu Man); and Yang Yong’s 楊勇‘Distant Rhythm’ for the same instruments plus erhu (Xu Ke) and viola (Meng-Hsun Chuang).” Keith Powers of the Boston Herald wrote
in his review entitled “Distant sounds come together harmoniously” that the “intelligent sonic explorations
of gorgeous instruments…blended seamlessly with its Western counterparts, …and Bright Sheng’s ‘The Stream Flows’ was gracefully interpreted by Lynn Chang and dancer Xiao-Lin Fan.” He was impressed by erhu’s “surprising volume and clarity.” $5,000 from the proceeds were donated to The Red Cross for the Tsunami Relief Fund The concert was recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM.
57, April 9, 2005: Beethoven’s Complete Sonatas and Variations for piano and cello by pianist Anton Nel and cellist Bion Tsang 章雨亭 at Jordan Hall. To an enthusiastic, captivated audience in two back-to-back concerts at 2 and 8 PM, the five sonatas and three variations, performed in chronological order, showcased Beethoven’s dramatic stylistic development over his compositional career. The two acclaimed musicians dazzled the audience with their virtuosity and their thoughtful interpretations. The two concerts were recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM and has been released by Artek Recordings.
58, May 28, 2005: Pianist Ruei-Bin Chen 陳瑞斌 at Boston Debut at Jordan Hall. Just as Boston
Globe described before, his performance was “…powerful, with white-hot energy and virtuosity, can play
with delicacy and imagination.” This concert was listed on Boston Globe’s Classical Picks by Richard Dyer.
59, June 11, 2005: Pianist Larry Weng 翕來at NEC Willisams Hall. A fund raising event for this very gifted young musician and to celebrate the releasing of his first professional CD.
60, and 61, Sept. 23, 2005: GuangZhou 廣州 Symphony Orchestra’s North America Debut at Carnegie Hall Isaac Stern Auditorium; and Sept. 26, 2005 at Boston Symphony Hall. Over two thousand music lovers attended the two successful events. Music critics from The New York Times (James Oestreich) and The Boston Globe (Richard Dyer) and celebrities including pianist Lang Lang, composer Tan Dun, to name just
a few, were there cheering from the audience. Mr. Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe wrote in his review entitled: “In Chinese symphony’s works, East vividly meets West.” He praised conductor Long Yu 余隆as “solid and sturdy”, and the orchestra “played with discipline and panache.” He gave Chen Qigang’s “Iris Devoilee” (Iris Unveiled)” the highest remark of the program. Soprano Huang Ying’s 黃音 lustrous tone in Western style and Peking Opera Qingyi Ma Shuai ‘s馬帥piercing, sliding, and eloquent voice made a vivid contrast and an elegant complementary presentation. French violinist Augustin Dumay played the popular Chinese piece “The Butterfly Lovers violin concerto” with his own unique interpretation. He added an encore in Boston, Revel’s “Tzigane,” that showcased his elegant virtuosity.
62, October 22, 2005: Pianist Ning An 安搴 at Harvard Sanders Theatre. The program included works by Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Chopin.
63, December 7, 2005: Sounds of the Silk Road at Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the exhibition “Sounds of the Silk Road: Musical Instruments of Asia.” Traditional Chinese music performed by renowned musicians: Shin-Yi Yang 楊信宜, Ching-San Cheung 張正山, Elisa Cheung 黃少堅, Kevin Zhen 甄若茅, on guzheng, dizi, xiao, xun, hulusi, yangqin, erhu, and pipa to a full-house enthusiasitic audiences.
64, January 28, 2006: Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen 陳宏寬 at Jordan Hall. He gave a stunning performance that lifted all the audience from their seats cheering and yelling non-stop. Many of them described
themselves as “completely overwhelmed” by the performance. Chen presented a gigantic program: Mozart Rondo in A minor; Beethoven’s sonata in Bb major Op.106 (Hammerklavier); Bartok’s “Out of Doors Suite”; and Liszt’s Sonata in B minor, yet another huge pieces. Few pianists dare to perform Beethoven’s Bb major sonata live, and even fewer perform it well. Chen chose an extremely fast tempo, thrilling the audience with his risk-taking and virtuosity. Richard Dyer of The Boston Globe called his performance: “a stupendous display of power, speed, stamina, and color allied to an extraordinary depth of feeling and communicative urgency… Something significant was going on all the time.” Dyer hailed his Bartok: “propulsive rhythms, terrifying power, and the sensitivity of a calligrapher”, and his Liszt: “virtuoso élan and a flamboyant theatricality.” Dyer praised Chen: “the playing of a master, a pianist transformed by his trials,” that he “is back in prime form after years of struggle following an injury, but those years have made him a different pianist, and a better one.” The concert was recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM. Chen was interviewed and performed live at WGBH station one day before the concert.
65, March 18, 2006: Pianist J.Y. Song 宋如音 at Jordan Hall presented Taiwanese composer Chiang Wen-Yeh’s江文也 rarely performed Bagatelles (1-16), and Debussy’s technically demanding Etude selections with ease, grace, and virtuosity. Guest violinist Tanja Becker-Bender was brilliant in Stravinsky’s “Suite Italienne”. The concert was recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM.
66, April 1, 2006: Pianist Cheng-Zong Yin 殷承宗 at Jordan Hall. He presented Galuppi’s rarely performed Sonata in C major as well as Beethoven’s “Appassionata” and Schubert’s Sonata in Bb major, D.960.
67, August 26, 2006: “Tea and Music in Dialogue” 茶與樂的對話 at Dorothy Quincy Suite, Back Bay Event Center, Boston. The “Trance Music Ensemble忘樂小集” from Taiwan performed a unique combination of Chinese music, tea ceremony, chanting of poem, flower arrangement and exhibition of traditional Chinese arts and art objects. The performance involves two types of tea: Pao Chung 包種茶and Tie Guan Yin 鐵觀音or “Iron Goddess of Mercy”. It was an unforgettable event.
68, and 69, September 29 and 30, 2006: pianist Meng-Chieh Liu 劉孟捷at Jordan Hall: Schubert piano sonata cycles 1 and 2. After surviving life-threatening illness, Mr. Liu returned with two concerts entirely devoted to six Schubert sonatas: Eb major D568, C major “Relique” D840, A minor D845, A minor D537,
G major D894, and C minor D958. The two concerts were recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM Boston.
70, Jan. 6, 2007: “Snow In June” 六月雪 at Jordan Hall. Chosen by The Boston Globe as the classical “Choice” of the week, recommended as a “must-see event”, accompanied by a large photo of Wu Man, also listed as one of the Boston Globe’s Classical Pick, the concert was a smashing success. The enthusiastic audience, including Yo Yo Ma and many other distinguished musicians, packed the hall cheering nonstop for the superb performance by an ensemble of internationally renowned musicians. Violinist Lynn Chang張萬鈞 and pipa virtuoso Wu Man吳蠻 were joined by violist Hsin-Yun Huang黃心芸, cellist Bion Tsang 章雨亭and Carol Ou, flutist Fenwick Smith, conductor Scott Yoo, percussionist Robert Schulz, clarinetist Thomas Hill, as well as Samuel Solomon, William Manley, Aaron Trant, Steve Kim and Jae Young Cosmos Lee in a provocative production of Chinese contemporary music. Highlights included two notable works by Tan Dun 譚盾, “Elegy: Snow In June” for percussion quartet and cello, and the rarely performed complete “Ghost Opera.” for string quartet and pipa, with stone, water, paper, and metal. The concert also includes Zhou Long周龍 and Wu Man’s arrangement of Chinese folk tunes and the Boston premiere of Shih-Hui Chen’s 陳士惠new “Shu Shon Key (Remembrance)思想起”. Part of the program was performed and aired on WGBH on Jan. 5. The entire concert was recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM .
71, Feb. 3, 2007: Choliang Lin 林昭亮 violin, Hei-Ye Ni 倪海葉 cello, and Helen Huang 黃海倫, piano at Jordan Hall. The trio demonstrated its artistic excellence and flowing musical rapport in a program that included: Debussy's cello sonata, Mendelssohn’s Piano trio in D minor, and works by renowned composer Zhou Long 周龍. The concert was recorded live by
WGBH 89.7 FM Boston
72, March 3, 2007: Pianist Tian Ying 應天峰 at Jordan Hall. Tian Ying preformed an musically challenging and technically demanding program that including Rachmaninoff’s Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Beethoven’s Sonata Op 57 “Appassionata”, Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor, and Rigoletto Paraphrase. The
concert was recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM Boston.
73, Sept. 29, 2007: Pianist Fou Ts’ong傳聰at Jordan Hall. His lifelong devotion to music and the artistry
of a great master was clearly demonstrated and appreciated by the house-full of enthusiastic music lovers. In his master class at NEC, he explained his music insight to two advanced graduate students, faculty members, and other musicians.
74, Nov. 3, 2007: Pianist Peng Peng Gong 龔天鵬and Marimba soloist Pius Cheung at Jordan Hall.
The 14-year old “Mozart of Aisa” Peng Peng performed works by Mozart, Rachmaninoff and his own transcription of Ravel’s La Valse. Pius Cheung transformed the complete Bach’s Goldberg variations on Marimba.
75, Jan. 12, 2008: Three Sopranos: Guang Yang楊光, Guiping Deng 鄧桂萍, and Mewas Lin 林惠珍coached by pianist Timothy Steele at Jordan Hall. The virtuoso sopranos performed operatic aria, art songs, and folk songs in solo, duet, and trio.
76, Feb. 5, 2008: Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen 陳宏寬at Emmanuel Church, Boston.
77, Feb. 10, 2008: Pianist Hung-Kuan Chen 陳宏寬 at Stern Auditorium Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. Program included Messiaen “Le Baiser” from “Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant Jesus,” Schubert “Sonata in Bb Major, D. 960,” and Beethoven “Sonata in Fb Major, Op. 106 “Hammerklavier.” What Richard Dyer of Boston Globe wrote in 2006 was once again reconfirmed: “the performance was a stupendous display of power, speed, stamina, and color…..the playing of a master.” Mr. Chen also performed at Boston University on Feb. 3rd and gave master classes at New England Conservatory and Boston University.
78, April 5, 2008: Cellist Bion Tsang章雨亭and pianist Anton Nel at Jordan Hall. An Evening of
Brahms Sonatas and Hungarian Dances, including E minor, Op. 38, F major, Op. 99 for piano and cello,
and Hungarian Dances Nos. 1,2,4,5, arranged by Bion Tsang based 章雨亭 on Joseph Joachim’s violin originals. Boston Chinese News called it “Master pieces played masterly.” They were also invited to perform live on WGBH 89.7 FM. The live concert recordings has been released by Artek Recordings.
79, May 10, 2008: Nai Ni Chen陳乃霓Dance Company at John Hancock Hall. Marcia Siegel of Boston Phenoix wrote after this fantastic show: “The program demonstrated how the traditions can nourish contemporary dance, with practical tools like movement and symbolic objects as well as philosophical and literary themes. With its quiet and mysterious moods, its visual spectacle and meticulous dancing, this beautifully produced program have induced reflection and calm.”
80, Sept. 27, 2008: Violinist Chuan-Yun Li 李傳韻 and pianist Robert Koenig at Jordan Hall. Hundreds of enthusiastic followers of Li were rewarded with a performance of challenging program including Strauss, Bazzini, Sarasate, Waxman, and more. Sino-American Times and Boston Chinese Report called his performance “dazzling, incredible”. The concert was recorded live by WGBH 89.7 FM Boston.
81, October 25, 2008: “Sound of the Ocean” by U Theatre優人神鼓at John Hancock Hall. More than 1000 packed the Hall cheering with lasting standing ovation and tears in their eyes . This sold-out compelling, performance with seamless work of theatre, percussion, martial arts and meditation will be remembered for a long time.
82, Jan. 10, 2009: Winners of Young Concert Artists International Audition: Chu-Fang Huang黃楚芳, piano and Daxun Zhang 張達尋, double bass at Jordan Hall. Program includes classics from both East
and West. The audience were amazed by especially the virtuosity from a double bass in a solo performance.
83, March 21, 2009: Meng-Chieh Liu劉孟捷, piano at Jordan Hall. “Schubert Sonata Cycle 3” Schubert Sonata in B major, D. 575, A minor, D. 784, and A major, D. 959.
84, Sept. 26, 2009: Magic Strings: A Dialogue between Pipa and Violin弦幻：小提琴與琵琶的對話at Jordan Hall. The 20th Anniversary Season opening was a huge success. A program designed by violinist Lynn Chang張萬鈞 , contrasting the Chinese-American composer Chen Yi 陳怡and the American but Asian-influenced composer Lou Harrison. performed by Lynn Chang, Wu Man 吳蠻on pipa, Robert Schulz’s percussion and A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra. Boston Globe selected this concert on their “Editors’ Pick” of the week, a preconcert Classical Notes titled “From two traditions, one true sound” by David Weininger after intensive interviews with Lynn Chang and Chen Yi. And a very positive Boston Globe review by Matthew Guerrieri “A study in contrasts at Jordan Hall”. The performance was a huge success. It was a concert that will be long remembered.
85, Jan. 16, 2010: Three Minds Meeting: Composer, Performers, Audience三心會: 作曲 、演奏、 聽眾之會心 at Jordan Hall.: Bin Huang黃濱, violin,Wendy Law羅詠媞, cello,Chu-Fang Huang黃楚芳, piano. The three outstanding classical laides charmed appreciative audience with works byHandel-Halverson, Cassado, Paganini, and Chopin in solo and duo, as well as a fantastic performance of Mendelssohn’s Piani Trio in D minor, Op. 49. Ms. Chu-Fang Huang also gave a piano master class at Steinert Hall of M.Steinert & Sons of Boston.
86, March 12, 2010: pianist Cheng –Zong Yin 殷承宗at Harvard Sanders Theatre, as well as a Master Class on March 10 at the Steinert Hall of the M.Steinert & Sons Boston. Celebrating his 60 years of piano performance, Yin performed an All-Schubert program to an enthusiastic audience that raised the roof at Sanders. Four advanced students, Derek Wang, Cun Mo Yin, Minjoo Choo, and Leonardo Hilsdorf played at his master class. The house at Steinway was completed full over its capacity.
87, March 27, 2010: “Sound of the Ocean” by U Theatre優人神鼓at Cutler Majestic Theatre. Another sold-out event with standing ovation. There were no dry-eyes in the audience for this moving performance. The lecture Demonstration on March 28 at Harvard Paine Hall was also a very successful event.
88, April 10, 2010: “Palace in Desert” 荒漠錦堂曲 at Jordan Hall. A traditional Chinese classical music concert performed by prize-winning virtuosos lead by Bao Jian包键 and Hu Jianbing胡建兵 . Three North America debuts including a rarely heard original ancient tune of the “Beijing Zhihua Temple” 北京智化寺古音乐on sheng, guanzi, pipa, erhu, flute, xun, and other instruments. The old music preserved by this Temple carries a significant meaning to Buddhist music, ethnic music and Chinese musical history.
89, April 30, 2010: pianist Minsoo Sohn, at Jordan Hall. Program included Kirchner, Beethoven and Ravel to an enthuasiastic audience.
90, October 30, 2010: pianist Dang Thai-Son 鄧泰山 at Jordan Hall. Celebrating the Chopin 200 birthday year, with Chopin’s Dances, including Waltzes, Bolero, Tarantella, Mazurkas, and Polonaise Fantasie to critical acclaim before an enthusiastic audience.
91, Nov. 19, 2010: pianist Hung-Kuan Chen陳宏寬 and students at Emmanuel Church Boston. Mr. Chen’s top students from NEC (Lukas Vondracek), Yale (Michael Namirovsky), and NEC Prep program at Walnut Hill School (Cun Mo Yin) performed a challenging program to critical accalms.
92, Feb. 12, 2011: Instrumental Minds: violinist NaiYuan Hu胡乃元, cellist Bion Tsang章雨亭, pianist Ning An安寧 at Jordan Hall. The Boston Globe called them “ technically solid, energetic, and sharply drawn,” “the most high-spirited playing”, The Boston Musical Intelligencer called the concert “ a riveting recital.”
93, April 9, 2011: pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii 辻井伸行Boston Debut at Jordan Hall. A sold-out concert by the winner of 2009 Van Cliburn Piano Competition. The Boston musical Intelligencer gave “Nobo” who was blind at birth, very high remarks. He also gave a demo and Q/A session the day before monitored by Richard Dyer, and translated by Yukiko Sekino.
94, April 19, 2011: New Asia Chamber Music Society新亞室內樂協會Debut Performance at Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, NY. A sold-out event by guest violist Hsin-Yun Huang黃心芸, and violinists Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu 吳天心, Kevin Shue 許愷洋, Paul Chun-Wen Huang 黃俊文, Daphne Su 蘇子茵, violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin 林維洋, cellists Nan-Cheng Chen 陳南呈, Yu-Wen Wang 王郁文, and pianists Helen Huang 黃海倫, Yu-Chieh Kelly Lin 林雨潔. Program includes works by Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and Jay Lin’s 林煒傑 world premiere "..as time flows, and eclipses.." (2011) for Piano and Cello Quintet.
95, October 29, 2011: pianist George Li 黎卓宇Jordan Hall Recital Debut. At age 16, George Li is the winner of Gilmore Young Artist Award, Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and the Cooper International Piano Competition. He performed a challenging program before a housefull of enthusiastic audience and received high commends from Lloyd Schwartz of The Boston Phoenix, and Brian Jones of The Boston Musical Intelligencer.
96, Jan. 21, 2012: The Shanghai Quartet 上海四重奏 and pianist Hung-Kuan Chen 陳宏寬 at Jordan Hall. Program includes string quartets by Beethoven and Penderecki (Boston Premiere), and the Brahms’ piano quintet in F minor. Cashman Kerr Prince of The Boston Musical Intelligencer gave rave review on the entire concert.
97, Feb. 11, 2012: pianist Sa Chen陳薩 and violinist Ning Feng寧峰 at Jordan Hall. Sa Chen lost her passport two days before the concert. Their concert is postponed. Instead pianist Hung-Kuan Chen 陳宏寬 performed a solo recital featuring three late Beethoven piano sonatas: Nos. 27, 28, and 29 (Hammerklavier) to critical acclaim. The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised Chen’s accomplishment, caliber, and refinement: “Hung-Kuan Chen is a masterful pianist. His meditative, introspective interpretations of Beethoven’s late piano sonatas are both provocative and enlightening.”
98, April 7, 2012: double bassist DaXun Zhang 張達尋and pianist Tomoko Kashiwagi at Jordan Hall. Mr. Zhang also gave a master class at the Longy School of Music.
99, June 22, 2012: A “sold-out” Boston Debut. Beijing Central Conservatory of Music Chorus at Harvard Sanders Theatre, under the baton of conductor Hongnian Yang 杨鸿年 and assistant conductor Li Yang楊力. A moving and powerful performance that left no dry-eyes in the concert hall.
100, November 3, 2012: The Long Piano Duo Boston Debut, Beatrice and Christina Long 隆信真與隆愛真雙鋼琴at Jordan Hall. Accompanied by “The St. Botolph Strings”, an ensemble consists of 18 top level players from the New England Conservatory of Music, coached by Lynn Chang. This concert was selected as “Editor’s Pick” by Boston Globe.
101. Feb. 2, 2013: Empty Choreography玄門步虛Buddhism and Taoism Temple Music, featuring the four virtorosos of Chinese wind instruments: BaoJian包鍵、Hu Jianbing胡建兵、Chen Tao陳濤、and Guo Yazhi郭雅志, at Jordan Hall. Both the pre-concert lecture (Waifong Loh 陸惠風English translation) and concert were attended by enthusiastic audience with warm reception.
102. March 30, 2013: violinist Lynn Chang張萬鈞, pianist Ya-Fei Chuang莊雅斐, cellist Carol Ou歐逸青, violist Jennifer Chang, violinist Amanda Wang, and the Grammy Awarded Ying Quartet performing “Music From Around The World” at Jordan Hall. Works by Randall Thompson, Samuel Barber, Shih-Hui Chen 陳士惠, Joaquin Turina, and Felix Mendelssohn were performed to an enthusatic audience with standing ovation. Chen, composed the sound track for the award winning film “Returning Souls讓靈魂回家”, appeared on stage with the film director Tai-Li Hu 胡台麗 showing part of the film. The concert was one of the “Featured Events” on Boston.com, and received a rave review from The Boston Musical Intelligencer.
103, April 15, 2013: Pianist Meng-Chieh Liu 劉孟捷at Jordan Hall,performing Schubert Sonata cycle 4: A Major, D 664, D Major, D 850, and B flat major, D 960. The concert was one of the “Featured Events” on Boston.com., and received a rave review from The Boston Musical Intelligencer.
104, Oct. 26, 2013: Light and Shadow 流光靜影 featuring Nai-Yuan Hu胡乃元, violin, Scott Lee李捷琦, viola, Bion Tsang章雨亭, cello and Meng-Chieh Liu劉孟捷, piano at Jordan Hall, performing works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Faure. It was selected by Boston Globe Calendar as “Editor's Pick”, and received a rave review from The Boston Musical Intelligencer.
105, Nov. 15, 2013: Pianist Cheng-Zong Yin殷承宗 at Jordan Hall. Celebrating his 30th anniversary of Carnegie Hall Debut. It was listed among Boston Globe's “Featured Events.”
106. Nov. 21, 2013: New Asia Chamber Music Society新亞室內樂協會 at the Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. World Premier Gordon Chin's “Moon Night Sorrow”.
107, Jan. 25, 2014: pianist Sa Chen 陳薩and violinist Feng Ning寧峰at Jordan Hall. This concert was listed as one of Boston Globe's “Featured Events.” Due to passport issues, Sa Chen cannot arrive Boston on time. The program was slightly changed. Feng Ning performed with pianist Hung Kuan Chen陳宏寬 on Brahms Sonata in D minor No. 3, with Niu Niu 牛牛 on Waxman's Carmen Fantasie, and with Peter Chuang Chuang Fang方壯壯 on Beethoven's Sonata No.9. Both Niu Niu and Fang are current students of Hung-Kuan Chen at New England Conservatory. Praised by the enthusiastic audience as the "Chinese Heifetz," Feng Ning gave a stunning performance with standing ovations .
108, March 1, 2014: violinist Paul Huang黃俊文 and pianist Helen Huang黃海倫 at Jordan Hall. This concert was listed as one of Boston Globe's “Featured Events.” Program “Italian and Slavic Influences” with works by Vivaldi, Respighi, Stravinsky, Glazunov, and Sxymanowski.
109, May 24, 2014: pianist Sean Chen陳宣堯, Boston Debut at Jordan Hall. This concert was listed as one of Boston Globe's “Featured Events.” Crystal Award Winner of the Van Cliburn Competition, Sean Chen plays Bach, Debussy, Scriabin, Chopin, and his own arrangement of Ravel's La Valse.
110, September 27, 2014: pianist Jue Wang 王珏at Jordan Hall. This concert was listed as one of Boston Globe's “Featured Events.” Program includes Chopin Ballade and Rachmaninov's Barcarolle and Sonata No. 2 in Bb minor.
111, January 17, 2015: violinist Angelo Xiang Yu 于翔 and pianist Qing Jiang蔣晴 at Jordan Hall. Program include world premier piece “The Echo in the Sky天際鴻音” by Ke Xu徐可. The stunning virtuosity of Angelo and Qing received rave reviews from The Boston Musical Intelligencer and major Chinese newspapers.
112, March 28, 2015: pianist Ya-Fei Chuang 莊雅斐at Jordan Hall. The stunning virtuosity of her playing draw rave reviews from The Boston Musical Intelligencer and major Chinese newspapers.
113, May 2, 2015: Fragrant Stream 新泉香如故, at Jordan Hall. Chinese traditional music from the mid-16th century along with recent compositions including world premiere and US premiere, performed by virtuoso instrumentalists Bao Jian包键, Hu Jianbing胡建兵,Chen Tao陳濤,Liu Li 劉麗, Zhou Yi 周懿 , Weng Hui 翁慧, and Cai Zhenqi 蔡振起.
114, May 22, 2015: pianist Hung-Kuan Chen 陳宏寬at Carnegie Zankel Hall. Program included Bach, Liszt, Chopin and Scriabin. He rewarded two encores to the house-full enthusiastic audience after receiving several standing ovations and shower of bouquets. Distinguished pianists Gary Graffman, Phillip Kawin, among others were there in person. Renowned pianist Ruth Slenczynska , now in her 90's admired “...a thoughtful artist who expressed music in a careful and personal way. An extraordinary concert. “
115, Sept. 26, 2015: Yazhi Guo郭雅志 , suona “Desert River大漠長河 ”at Jordan Hall, accompanied by Lin Lin 林琳, piano, Tao He 何涛, erhu, and Ping Li 李平, dulcimer. This concert was selected by The Boston Globe as one of the “Critic Choice” of the week. Program includes Chinese classic and world premiere of works by renowned Chinese composers. The performance was warmly received with major media attention.
116, January 23, 2016: pianist Dang Thai Son 鄧泰山at Jordan Hall. Quote from The Boston Musical Intelligencer titled: “Thai-Son in Knockout” “During Saturday night’s snow, those brave enough—or wise enough—to venture out to Jordan Hall were warmed by real artistry from Vietnamese pianist Dang Thai-Son. In this recital Dang showed why he was the 1980 first prizewinner at the International Chopin Competition, showcasing works by four composers—Schubert, Chopin, Fauré, and Debussy—each seemingly an old friend. “
117, March 26, 2016: The Ying Quartet 殷氏四重奏at Jordan Hall presenting an All-Beethoven Program: Quartet in E-flat Major, Op. 127, and Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No.1. The Boston Globe selected this concert as one of the “Classical Ticket of the Week.” The Boston Musical Intelligencer praised The Ying Quartet “...delivered Beethoven quartets with great intensity and high-spirited energy.”
118, May 14, 2016: pianist Haochen Zhang 張昊辰 at Jordan Hall. Program includes works by Chopin, Schubert, and Prokofiev. His stunning performance received standing ovation from a house full of enthusiastic audience. The Boston Music Intelligencer praised him: “.... from the opening notes the presentation sounded so probing and nuanced, the voicing so originally textured, the thoughtfulness so arresting, that you were seemingly hearing the works for the first time... among the most promising under-30 superhuman keyboard entrants, now include Zhang’s name.”
119, September 24, 2016: pianist Sa Chen 陳薩at Jordan Hall, performed Chopin Barcarolle, 10 selections of Debussy Preludes books 1 and II, and Liszt Sonata in B minor, to a house of audience who were on their feet cheering nonstop. The Boston Music Intelligencer praised her: “… an honest, thoughtful artist ... Chen’s performance showed immense power, foremost, being powerful as all get out yet also with a sameness of texture and dynamics...”
120, January 21, 2017: Bion Tsang 章雨亭 cello and Adam Neiman piano at Jordan Hall.
MUSIC FESTIVAL at Walnut Hill
Since July 1990, the Foundation has organized a successful summer music festival at the Walnut Hill School in Natick, MA. Each year about 45 talented young musicians, chosen by auditions, come from Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Canada, and the United States to an intensive musical program with world renowned masters on an one-on-one basis. The faculty of the festival who has taught or still teaching actively at the festival are:
PIANO: Russell Sherman, Robert Levin , (late) Luise Vosgerchian, (late) T. Krafchenko, Hung-Kuan Chen, Pi-Hsien Chen , Yin Cheng-Zong, (late) Anthony di Bonaventura, Wha Kyung Byun, David Deveau, Meng-Chieh Liu, Ilya Itin, Minsoo Sohn, Ya-Fei Chuang, Alexander Korsantia, Vivian Weilerstein, Bruce Brubaker, Victor Rosenbaum, Sylvia Chambless, Tema Blackstone, Jonathan Bass.
VIOLIN: Lynn Chang , (late) Marylou Speaker Churchill, (late) Masuko Ushioda, James Buswell, Nai-Yuan Hu, Nicholas Kitchen, Magdalena Richter, Donald Weilerstein, Kristopher Tong.
VIOLA: Scott Lee, Mai Motobuchi, Gillion Rogell.
CELLO: Laurence Lesser, Mark Churchill, Bion Tsang, Michael Bonner, Carol Ou, Sam Ou.
DOUBLE BASS: Edwin Barker , DaXun Zhang, Pascale Delache-Feldman.
COMPOSITION: Yuhudi Wyner, Samuel Headrick, Yong Yang, Shih-Huei Chen.
FLUTE: Doriot Dwyer, Jean DeMart, Sue-Ellen Tcherepnin.
OBOE: Kathy Lord.
VOICE: Guiping Deng, Ree-Ven Wang, Patty Thom, Maxwell Li.
PERCUSSION: Robert Schulz, Pius Cheung.
CLARINET: Thomas Hill, David Samour.
FRENCH HORN: Neil De Land.
BASSOON: Tracy McGinnis.
TROMBOME: Brian Diehl.
SAXOPHONE: Kenneth Radnofsky.
INTERPRETATIONS OF MUSIC: Benjamin Zander
OTHERS: Erhu: Zhan-Tao Lin, Dulcimer: Ping Li, Tai-Chi: Tai-Chun Pan.
Along with private lessons, chamber ensembles, master classes and work shops, the students were taken to Tanglewood, concerts, musical performances, museums, piano factory, and many historical sites in the greater Boston area. The same program will be offered again from July to August, 2017 for the 26th year. Pianist Lang Lang郎朗 (1996),Yeol Eum Son (2nd prize of 2009 Van Cliburn competition), Eric Lu (1st prize
of 2015 National Chopin Competition, and many other young talents were students of this program.
Each year, the faculty members and the students of the music festival perform at least 20 concerts/master classes/lectures. The Longwood Symphony Orchestra, participated in the program since 1996, to perform with the festival participants at the Boston Esplanade by the Charles River to an audience of over 8000. Starting from 2014, Mercury Orchestra under music director Channing Yu collaborated with the Festival and performed at Harvard Sanders Theatre to a full-house with standing ovations. The festival concert
series are of top quality and captured media attentions. Great reviews were given by The Boston Globe and the Boston Musical Intelligencer, among others.
ALL-AMERICAN YOUTH CHINESE BRUSH PAINTING AND CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITION
Since 1991, the Foundation organized the All-American Youth Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy Competition annually in April. Each year nearly 300 entries from about 30 different Chinese Schools in 10 different States are submitted. Winners receive cash awards, certificates,
and have their art works exhibited in the metropolitan Boston area, and also posted on the Foundation’s website. The panel of judges is made up of renowned scholars and artists. Details on www.ChinesePerformingArts.net.
YOUTH POETRY IN SILK AND BAMBOO: Since 2008, the Foundation successfully organized the Annual Chinese Music Instrument Audition and Concert, 絲竹春吟青少年中國器樂賽
音樂會, at the First Church of Boston . Students from New England and special guess artists participated annually. Details on www.ChinesePerformingArts.net.
$1,000 and more
Catherine Tan Chan
Focal Chinese Music
The TAN Family Culture Fund
Nai Nan Ko
The Wang Foundation
Xiaohua Zhang and Quan Zhou
Ellen and Ronald Brown
Hung-Chang Hubert and Susan Su
Laurence D. Berman
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Shih Huei Wang
Martin Stephen Wigler
F.Y. And Jane Wu
Yangtze River Restaurant
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