Being today one of the most successful and unconventional concert formats in the globe, Wu Promotion has organized over the past 21 years more than 150 Grand Chinese New Year Concerts in over 20 countries on three continents. Every year during the period of the Chinese Spring Festival, some of China’s most acclaimed traditional orchestras will be selected to present in prestigious concert halls the spirit of Mainland’s most colorful and original music traditions. Since the first concert in the Vienna Musikverein in 1998, the Grand Chinese New Year Concert has attracted over 250,000 enthusiastic listeners. Each year different traditional orchestras of different Chinese regions will be selected to be on tour, which gives the audiences abroad the chance to discover the diverse music styles that China has to offer.
Suzhou Chinese Orchestra
Conductor: Peng Kapeng
Programme: “The Chinese Music with Suzhou Charm”
1. Composer: Li Huanzhi
Rearranged: Peng Xiuwen
Chinese Orchestra Spring Festival Overture
2. Composer: Liu Changyuan
Chinese Orchestra Lyric Variation
3. Composer: Zhao Jiping
Cello with Chinese Orchestra The Butterfly Dream
Cellist: Kang Qiaoxuan
4. Composer: Wang Danhong
Chinese Orchestra Macau Cappricio
5. Composer: Hua Yanjun
Arrangement: Zhu Changyao
Erhu with Chinese Orchestra Moon Reflected in the Second Spring
Erhu Soloist: Zhu Changyao
6. Jiangsu Traditional Song
Arrangement: Zhu Changyao
Chinese Orchestra Yangzhou Melody
7. Composer: Liu Changyuan
Chinese Orchestra Hope for the future
ORCHESTRA: THE SUZHOU CHINESE ORCHESTRA
The Suzhou Chinese Orchestra is a professional ensemble co-founded by the Suzhou government and Suzhou New District with the aim to promote Chinese culture by integrating traditional music into orchestra performances and reinterpreting and expressing this music through the symphonic format.
In 2019, Suzhou Chinese orchestra will open its own home, the Suzhou Chinese Orchestra Concert Hall, as the orchestra’s permanent residence.
The orchestra is currently composed of 90 outstanding musicians, as well as some excellent graduates of top conservatories in China.
The repertoire of the orchestra consists of a collection of traditional classics, new adaptations of traditional programs, national- and regional-style music, works with oriental or occidental themes, commissioned pieces as well as classical works.
The Suzhou Chinese Orchestra has inherited and is constantly carrying forward the Chinese traditional music, actively promoting and spreading it throughout China. It has developed the Suzhou and Jiangnan music, supporting, exploring and reinventing the musical traditions included in the lists of intangible cultural heritage. It is actively working on music exchange by participating in competitions at home and abroad, as well as giving significant performances to enhance the traditional music culture.
The Suzhou Chinese Orchestra’s season consists of various concerts, including small ensemble performances, workshops and masterclasses, combining its role of a local social unifier and the one of an orchestra performing in the national and international music market.
CONDUCTOR: PANG KAPANG
Pang Kapang, a first-class conductor, has been Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of the Suzhou Chinese Orchestra since June 2017.
Pang Kapang graduated from the Conducting Department of the Central Conservatory of Music and achieved the master's degree in 1992. In 1996, he became the only young conductor in Asia to win the 35th Kirill Kondrashin International Conductor’s Master Class. In 1997, he joined the International Conductors’ Master Class (Kiev, Ukraine). In 1998, he succeeded the Chief Conductor of the China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra. In 2005, Pang Kapang launched the music season system of the China Radio Chinese Orchestra and created a beginning for the "music season" system of national music in Mainland China.
After successfully conducting the "Grand Chinese New Year Concert" in Goldener Saal of Wiener Musikverein in 2000, he has been continuously conducting there for 13 years, arousing great sensational effect and making great contribution in the promotion of Chinese music into the world. He successively led delegations to Switzerland, Germany, and USA to hold Chinese national symphony concerts and was invited to conduct in Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, and Austria.
In 2013, he traveled to University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna to study European operas, receiving his diploma of Opera Conducting in 2015. On his tutor, Prof. Konrad Leitner’ words: "Mr. Pang Kapang has an extraordinary talent, a high degree of exquisiteness and delicate music sense, which all help his conducting art approach perfection."
Pang Kapang learned both from China and the Western society and has been actively involved in the exploration and practice of Chinese national symphony music. He has been actively exploring and practicing Chinese national opera and orchestra music. He conducted the Chinese opera Wilderness in the First Chinese Opera Festival and was praised for conducting the Italian opera The Lady of the Camellias (La Traviata) in the Second Chinese Opera Festival.
ERHU SOLOIST: ZHU CHANGYAO
Zhu Changyao, famous erhu performer, is also a composer and the artistic supervisor of the Suzhou Chinese Orchestra. He started to learn the instrument at the age of 7. In 1973 he entered the music department of Nanjing University of the Arts with impressive scores. In 1991 he received the Prize of Literature and Art of Jiangsu and was granted national sponsorship in the same year.
He is the visiting professor of Chinese Conservatory of Music, Nanjing University of the Arts Institute, Nanjing University, Southeast University, and Nanjing Normal University. Currently he is the director of the Art Steering Committee of Jiangsu Performing Arts Group and artistic supervisor of Suzhou Chinese Orchestra.
Zhu Changyao has been performed in the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and North Korea and other countries as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao, winning high praises from the international and national audiences.
CELLO SOLOIST: CHIAO-HSUAN KANG
Chiao-Hsuan Kang was born in Taichung City, Taiwan (China) and began her cello studies at the age of six. She earned her Master’s degree from University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, studied with Lee Fiser; and her Doctoral degree from Louisiana State University with full scholarship, studied with Dennis Parker.
Almost immediately after the completion of her doctoral degree, she was recruited as a talented artist at Ludong University School of Arts, where she has served as Distinguished Professor of Cello. She is also a lecturer of cello at the Central China Normal University School of Music.
Being a Chinese musician who absorbed the western soil, she finds that some artistic approaches and musical acknowledgements can only be acquired with a deep reflection on one’s own culture. Playing with Chinese traditional orchestras and playing traditional Chinese music complete her art and help her to develop a multi-faceted personality. Sometimes, a study into ancient philosophies is as well the perfect training for playing music.
Kang is noted for her versatility and musicianship. She appears frequently as soloist with orchestras and well-known conductors. Among them are China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, Taiwan Evergreen Symphony Orchestra,
Suzhou Chinese Orchestra, and Hunan Symphony Orchestra. She has enjoyed successful collaborations with distinguished conductors such as Pang Kapang, Carlos Riazuelo, Xun Sun, Zhonghui Dai and many other well-known conductors. She had been performing at Beijing National Opera House, China Taipei National Concert Hall, Qin Tai Grand Theatre, Hunan Concert Hall, and Suzhou Concert Hall, to name just a few.
Kang has researched extensively on the works of the well-known Chinese-American composer, Bright Sheng. Her doctoral dissertation “Understanding of Authentic Performance Practice in Bright Sheng’s Seven Tunes Heard In China For Solo Cello” is listed on Bright Sheng’s website, together with Yo-Yo Ma’s album Solo– Seven Tunes Heard In China.
SIGN OF THE YEAR
The Pig is the twelfth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. In the continuous sexagenary cycle, every twelfth year corresponds to Hai, and is commonly called the "Year of the Pig". There are five types of Pigs, named after the Chinese elements. In order, they are: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth.
According to the myths, the Pig was the last to arrive when the Jade Emperor called for the great meeting. Other sources said that Buddha called for a great meeting when he was about to leave the Earth. The Pig came in last.
Legend has it that just as the emperor was about to call it a day, an oink and squeal was heard from a little Pig. The term "lazy Pig" is due here as the Pig got hungry during the race, promptly stopped for a feast then fell asleep. After the nap, the Pig continued the race and was named the 12th and last animal of the zodiac cycle.
Founded in 1991, Wu Promotion is a company striving to enhance cultural exchange and friendship between countries by actively promoting the performing arts and capturing the beauty and diversity of the world’s culture through unique international high level arts events. For 26 years, Wu Promotion is one of the biggest and the leading performing arts promoters and event organizers in Asia and the world. We have organized more than 500 arts companies to give almost 3000 various performances for about 6 million audiences in China and worldwide so far, covering various arts genres of symphony, ballet, drama, piano recital, chamber music and other Family Theater projects. We build exclusive partnership with many international top orchestras, such as Wiener Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Dresden, the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra. Apart from the orchestras, we regularly organize Asia tours for the world top ballet companies like Eifman Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre Ballet, Balletto del Teatro alla Scala. Wu Promotion also annually organizes world tours for the most outstanding Chinese performing arts groups including China Philharmonic Orchestra, China National Traditional Orchestra, China National Opera House, China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater, China National Peking Opera Company, Jingju Theater Company of Beijing, Beijing People’s Arts Theatre, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Kunju Opera Troupe, Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Guangdong National Orchestra of China, to showcase the charm and attraction of Chinese culture. We organize all the cultural activities in strict accordance with international rules and thus not only gain the economic benefit but also cultural influence, leading to build up a professional and standard brand image in global cultural field, and win the worldwide reputation for Chinese culture and Chinese performing brokerage industry.