Chinese touch to familiar forms

Updated 2017-10-30 16:32:55 China Daily
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Chinese pipa player Wu Man and French cellist Gautier Capucon are touring with the NCPA Orchestra in North America.

Chinese pipa player Wu Man and French cellist Gautier Capucon are touring with the NCPA Orchestra in North America.

The National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra is on a six-city tour in North America, including Chicago, New York and Philadelphia, until Nov. 7.

The tour will see the orchestra make its debut performance at the Carnegie Hall on Monday.

Under the baton of Lyu Jia, the chief conductor of the orchestra, the tour features violinist Ning Feng and French cellist Gautier Capucon.

Chinese pianist Zhang Haochen, 27, a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and a Gold Medal and First Prize winner at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has stepped in for Lang Lang, who is recovering from an inflammation in his left arm.

Also performing on the tour is Grammy Award-nominated pipa player Wu Man.

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Chinese pipa player Wu Man and French cellist Gautier Capucon are touring with the NCPA Orchestra in North America.

Chinese pipa player Wu Man and French cellist Gautier Capucon are touring with the NCPA Orchestra in North America.

The Hangzhou-born and San Diego-based musician has imbued the 2,000-year-old, four-stringed Chinese instrument, the pipa, with a contemporary touch.

She will perform American composer Lou Harrison's Concerto for Pipa with String Orchestra.

"Lou Harrison was commissioned by the Lincoln Center and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra to write the piece in 1997 when he was 80 years old. The composer spent time in Taiwan in his early years and he was familiar with Asian instruments. He wasn't afraid to do anything," Wu said in Beijing, before performing at a send-off concert for the NCPA Orchestra on Oct. 18.

Back in 1997, she premiered the work with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Dennis Russell Davies.

"It's fascinating to have a Western composer write for a Chinese instrument. I am looking forward to performing with the NCPA Orchestra," Wu says.

"Many of the musicians in the orchestra are from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where I graduated; the conductor Lyu Jia, for example. It's like a reunion."

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Chinese pipa player Wu Man and French cellist Gautier Capucon are touring with the NCPA Orchestra in North America.

Chinese pipa player Wu Man and French cellist Gautier Capucon are touring with the NCPA Orchestra in North America.

During the tour, the orchestra will premiere two pieces by Chinese composers in the U.S.-Luan Tan by composer Chen Qigang and Violin Concerto No 1 by Zhao Jiping.

Luan Tan is Chen's first work of orchestral variations, based on a musical style in Chinese drama of the same name, which originated in the 1600s during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

According to Chen, who wrote the theme song, You and Me, for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, he wanted to set a challenge for himself and to produce something different from his past works, which are usually described as being "melancholic" and "refined".

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