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Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra Presents ‘Blending of East and West’
March 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$20 – $60
The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra concert will feature the Hulusi, a traditional Chinese instrument performed by Ms. Feng Yu. This unique collaboration, a Chinese folk wind soloist with a western symphony orchestra, is a rare treat for U.S. audiences. The program will include a world premiere arrangement of the famous Chinese folk song “Swan Goose,” as well as the U.S. premieres of numerous other pieces for Hulusi and orchestra. Soloist Ms. Feng Yu is an internationally-renowned Hulusi artist who has performed around the world, including Europe, South Africa, Asia, and across the US. She is a member of the elite China Xinsiyun Art Troupe and Head of the Sichuan Hulusi Research Association. Ms. Feng has been promoting Hulusi research, performance, and teaching for many years, and is the founder of the Yunzhilan Hulusi Art Center. In October 2017, Ms. Feng and her Xinsiyun Art Troupe gave a special Hulusi concert in Vienna’s Goldener Saal Wiener Musikverein. Ms. Feng lives in China, and is coming to the U.S. specifically for this performance.
The Bravura Philharmonic Orchestra will also perform Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4, known as the “Italian Symphony.” During his tour European tour, Mendelssohn was inspired to compose the symphony by the color and atmosphere of Italy. In his words, “This is Italy! And now has begun what I have always thought… to be the supreme joy in life. And I am loving it. Today was so rich that now, in the evening, I must collect myself a little, and so I am writing to you to thank you, dear parents, for having given me all this happiness.” Mendelssohn also wrote, “The Italian symphony will be the jolliest piece I have ever done, especially the last movement.” In addition, the program includes the “Overture and March of Turandot” by Carl Maria von Weber. Unlike the pseudo-Turkish compositions popularized by Mozart and others, the piece starts with a genuine Chinese melody introduced by the piccolo. This makes Weber the first Western composer to use authentic Asian music.