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CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT

02/02/2018

Composer Gong Qian Yang’s is Director of Outreach to China and the Far East for American Music Festivals, an organization promoting cultural exchange and American music around the world.  His music has been performed by the National Chamber Orchestra in Beijing and the China National Symphony Orchestra (2006 US Tour).  Yang’s undergraduate degree was completed at the Central Conservatory of Music of China.  As a Starling Scholarship International Competition’s First Prize winner, he pursued his graduate music study at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Aspen Music Festival.  Yang has served as violin professor at the University of Dayton and recently released his seventh music album: “Sonic Fusion.”
 
CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT 2018 is the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra’s third program reaching out to Chicago’s Chinese community.  Last year’s Chinese New Year concert at the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library was given to an overflow audience.  In attendance was Mr. Hong Lei, Consul General of the People’s Republic of China, community leaders, and music lovers from all over Chicago, some who had never heard a classical orchestra before.  They enjoyed a varied program of traditional and modern Chinese music, and Western works inspired by Chinese culture.  The concert was co-sponsored by the Chicago Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, who are again generously supporting the upcoming February 10 program, presented free to the community at St. Barbara Church in Bridgeport.
 
The Chicago Chopin Society and St. Barbara Catholic Parish have been collaborating for years.  Rev. Arthur Wojciech Marat is eager to share his love for music with the community.  The church’s excellent acoustics, large sanctuary, and location near Chinatown is the perfect venue for CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT 2018. In China, Chopin and<delete and is one of the most beloved Western composers, especially after Chinese pianist Li Yundi won the first prize at the XIV Chopin International Piano Competition held in Warsaw in 2000.  On February 10, pianist Jaroslaw Golembiowski performs Chopin, as well as his own music that was first heard in China.  It was played by Polish-American pianist Adam Golka, when he won first prize at the 2nd China Shanghai International Piano Competition in 2003. 
 
The 2017-18 Cultural Exchange Festival in Chicago opened at St. Barbara’s in June with Kupala: A Summer Solstice Concert (presenting music of Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, and Poland) and continued with two concerts at the Copernicus Center: a Polish-American Friendship Concert at Taste of Polonia, and Christmas Spectacular which featured Czech music. 

By connecting cultures and exploring musical languages, the Festival continues to bring Chicago communities together.

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