October 6, 2009
Davies Symphony Hall, home concert hall of the San Francisco Symphony
bilingual opening of the US premiere performance of "Echoes of Tradition and Ingenuity" concert (土楼回响) and presenting the first symphony orchestra from China to perform at the home concert hall of the San Francisco Symphony
introducing Professor Zheng XiaoYing, China's first female maestro, the first Chinese maestro to take center stage internationally, and recipient of the French Medal of Honor among many other accolades and awards during a distinguished career spanning more than half a century.
interpreting for the maestro who turned 80 one week before this concert (she's in top shape and was a torch runner for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games)
"This is an evening of multiple celebrations . . ."
"This journey, this performance, is a life-long dream come true. . ."
pipa virtuoso Ms. Zhang HongYan
Song SiHeng, Shanghai and Paris trained pianist, the first Chinese to win the Grand Prix at the Long Thibaud Piano Concours
Concert Master greets Song SiHeng; Conductor Wang JunShi walking on stage
80 year old Li TianSheng, "King of the Hakka Mountain Songs," performing during the second movement "On the Stormy Sea"
68 year old Zhang JingJing, Hakka folk artisan and leaf player, performs during the third movement "Night Whispers from Tulou"
East meets West was a constant theme and feature
bilingual opening of the second half of the concert
presenting the six San Francisco Bay Area based choral groups that joined in the finale movement, "A Song of the Hakka."
bilingual introduction of the symphonic epic in five movements, Echoes of Tulou, whose echoes of tradition and ingenuity have been reverberating in over 40 cities across China, Asia, and Europe
the maestro reflects on the journey leading up to the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra's 50th performance of Echoes of Tulou this evening
enjoying our "duet"
validation of the maestro's contributions to the introduction of Chinese symphony music rooted in traditional themes and local flavors to audiences outside of China
the smiles say it all