CURATED RECITALS AND PROJECTS

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THE POWER AND THE GLORY

 

A recital program about Empire/Identity

 

VENUES: The Aix-en-Provence Festival (2021), Wigmore Hall (2023), Hugo Wolf Akademie Stuttgart (2022), LIFE Victoria Festival Barcelona (2022), Christophori Salon Berlin (2022)

 

CONCEPT: A program that explores diverse perspectives of our colonial history through music and poetry of the last hundred and fifty years. Thematically, these songs are about the search for identity at the height of Empire. Some songs are about a dominant power imposing an identity where it doesn't belong; others convey the struggles of oppressed voices trying to find their way.

 

REPERTOIRE: Mahler, Kurt Weill, Ilse Weber, Schönberg, Chen Yi, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Teodoro Varcarcel, Messiaen, Montsalvatge, Kamala Sankaram, Ernesto Lecuona

 

COMMISSIONS: Uyghur art songs by Zubaida Azezi/Edo Frenkel.

HOME(land)

 

A recital program exploring home/homeland/belonging

 

VENUES: Leeds Lieder (2021), Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (2022), Philadelphia Chamber Music Society (2023), Spivey Hall (2023), Het Concertgebouw (2023)

 

CONCEPT: A program that juxtaposes poetry and music by Eastern and Western creators around the interconnected motifs of home/homeland, childhood and dreams. For you, is the notion of "home" an internal state-of-being, a physical place, a geo-political space? 

 

REPERTOIRE: Berg, Brahms, John Cage, Dvorak, Chen Yi, Charles Ives, Huang Ruo, Fang Man, Mussorgsky, Zubaida Azezi/Edo Frenkel and Alex Ho.

 

COMMISSIONS: Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo, British-Chinese composer Alex Ho, Zubaida Azezi/Edo Frenkel, Chinese-American composer Chen Yi.

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YIN YANG

 

A recital program about cultural bridges and personal identity

 

VENUES: Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (2024)

 

CONCEPT: This programme interweaves songs by Chinese and western composers and explores traditional yin-yang imagery of moon, sun, night, water, the seasons, light, and darkness. The repertoire blends Chinese folksongs from my childhood; works by leading voices of Asian art song; settings of Chinese poets by western composers; and yin-yang songs by composers dear to my heart, like Schubert, Schumann and Brahms. My hope is for these juxtapositions to serve as cultural bridges, illuminating beautiful resonances between varied styles and soundworlds. Many of the Chinese works are in Mandarin, but a few are in English, reflecting the stories of artists who have emigrated to the West and the complexity of Asian identity.

 

REPERTOIRE: Schubert, Zhao Jiping, Brahms, Chen Yi, Mahler, Huang Tzu, Alice Ping Yee Ho (b.1960), Constant Lambert, Ding Shande, Charles Ives, Huang Ruo (b.1975), John Duke, Bun-Ching Lam (b.1954), Schumann, Kai-Young Chan (b.1987)

 

ON BELONGING

 

A program exploring Asian identity via works in Mandarin, Cantonese, Uyghur, and English

 

VENUES: Aural Compass Projects (2021), Cincinnati Song Initiative (2021), Arizona Song Series (2022)

 

CONCEPT: A multi-disciplinary recital program featuring mezzo Fleur Barron, pianist Myra Huang, dancer Lauren Hermann and cellist Coleman Itzkoff that explores what it means to "belong" in different spaces and how one's Asian identity relates to our sense of home, safety and self. Repertoire comprises works by Asian composers and poets.

 

REPERTOIRE: Chen Yi, Kai-Young Chan, Kamala Sankaram, Bun-Ching Lam, Huang Tzu, Raymond Yiu, Chihchun Lee, Fang Man, Huang Ruo, Chinese Folksongs 

 

COMMISSION: "Bright Fear", a song collaboration between Hong Kong Chinese composer Raymond Yiu and Hong Kong poet Mary Jean Chan. 

**All the projects on this page were facilitated by a grant from the Royal Philharmonic Society in association with Harriet's Trust. Click here to learn more: