[Update: Chen Yi’s role in the US-China Music Institute is discussed here; “U.S.-China forum calls for revitalizing relations through music”]
Chen Yi’s Symphony no. 3 My Musical Journey to America will will stream live in its east coast premiere tonight (Fri. Oct. 6), from the Bard College Conservatory, as part of the 6th annual US-China Music Institute. “The program links three generations of composers to highlight the generational bridge that Chen Yi and Zhou Long have built between the country of their birth and the one they now call home.” Tonight’s exciting streaming concert is “Pay what you wish” pricing and can be reserved here! 7 PM EDT, preceded by a 6 PM talk with the composers.
Chen Yi and her husband, composer Zhou Long are being celebrated in the year of their 70th birthdays, and this concert includes music by one of their teachers and two of their students. A preview of the score of Chen Yi’s Symphony no. 3 is available here (on the page, click this image , not the words “Score Preview).
It was premiered in Seattle and is receiving its east coast premiere tonight.
Symphony n. 3: My Musical Journey to America
i. The Dragon Culture
ii. The Melting Pot
Chen Yi was Composer-in-Residence for The Women’s Philharmonic in the mid-1990s (NYTimes article from 1996), and was celebrated in their CD of her music, directed by JoAnn Falletta. Chen is the subject of a recent book published by University of Illinois Press, and was our Composer of the Month earlier this year (posts here and here).