We would like to invite all music lovers to join
us on Saturday, March 23, 2013 for this special "East Meets West"
concert featuring the music of China -- both traditional and
symphonic -- played by Chinese and non-Chinese musicians from
Cleveland, Ohio. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and takes place at the
historic Hermit Club, located at 1620 Dodge Court in Cleveland, Ohio
(just behind Playhouse Square).
The highlight of the evening will be the
first-ever Cleveland performance of the famous "Butterfly Lovers"
Violin Concerto, performed by solo violinist Steven Greenman and the
Chagrin Falls Studio Orchestra, conducted by Stephen A. Eva. This
work, which was composed in 1959 by the Chinese composers Chen Gang
and He Zhanhao, tells the timeless story from Chinese folklore of
the tragic romance between two lovers, Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai,
and is regarded as the Chinese equivalent of "Romeo and Juliet."
Other orchestral works to be performed include the tone poem
"Dance of the Yao People" and the festive overture "The Flowers are
Beautiful, The Moon is Round." As with the concerto, these pieces
will also be Cleveland premieres.
The Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, featuring vocalist Xue
"Snow" Yu of Qingdao, Shandong, China, will open the concert with a
set of beautiful Chinese melodies played on traditional musical
instruments including dizi and xiao (bamboo flutes), sheng (mouth
organ), pipa (pear-shaped lute), guzheng (zither), and percussion.
It is our hope that this concert will be the first of
many more similar performances in the future, perhaps becoming an
annual event showcasing the best of Chinese music.
The organizers of this concert gratefully acknowledge
Margaret Wong, Alex Machaskee, Anthony Yen, the Cleveland State
University Confucius Institute, and the Cleveland Contemporary
Chinese Culture Association of Solon, Ohio for their assistance in
making this concert a success, and we especially value the ongoing
support of the "Erie Chinese Journal" newspaper for its tireless
efforts to recognize and promote Chinese cultural events in the
state of Ohio..
Tickets are $35 and available at http://chagrinfallsstudioorchestra.org/
or by calling the Hermit Club at (216) 621-2325. Only 90 tickets
will be sold. We hope to see you there!
Stephen A. Eva