East Meets West Orchestral Evening has been rescheduled to March 2022, presenting a unique blend of music from China and beyond. This is a stellar opportunity to hear some of Australia’s finest musicians perform Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto and Yellow River Piano Concerto, two hugely popular Chinese classics, rarely performed live on Australian stages.
Award-winning maestro Guy Noble will direct a 50-piece orchestra comprising musicians from leading symphony orchestras in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane. Guest artists include pianist Tony Lee, winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, violinist Sun Yi, (Associate Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony) leading Sydney-based Guzheng musician Angie Liu, mezzo-soprano Victoria Lambourn and soprano Sharon Zhai.
The program includes traditional and contemporary music from the east and the west. Victoria Lambourn will sing the Habanera from Carmen and Sharon Zhai will perform Pamir – My Beautiful Hometown. Tony Lee will play the celebrated challenging Yellow River Piano Concerto, a joyful piece which has crossed continental borders and become acclaimed in the West. Performed centre stage at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, it was written by Yin Chengzong and Chu Wanghua and based on Xian Xinghai’s Yellow River Cantata.
Sun Yi will take to the stage for the second highlight in the program, the heartbreaking love story, China’s Romeo and Juliet, Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, written by Chinese composers He Zhanhao and Chen Gang in 1959.
The production tours to in Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide as well.
Image: Far right conductor Guy Noble Top left Angie Liu, Sharon Zhai Bottom left Victoria Lambourn, Tony Lee, Sun Yi