Presented by Southern Cross Soloists and QPAC
Li-Wei Qin (cello)
George Gao (erhu)
Kristian Chong (piano)
Celebrate the 2019 Lunar New Year with Australia’s leading chamber ensemble, Southern Cross Soloists, and an impressive lineup of guest soloists as they bid adieu (zàijiàn) to the Chinese Year of the Dog and usher in the Year of the Pig – a year which promises to be full of good fortune and luck.
Brilliant colour and sheer exuberance will feature in this jubilant concert of East meets West, with a vibrant mix of modern and age-old traditional folk songs as Southern Cross Soloists share the stage with special guests: cello virtuoso Li-Wei Qin; piano soloist Kristian Chong; and international erhu superstar George Gao, one of the most exciting, innovative and respected erhu masters of our time.
From Chinese folk song and virtuosic artistry to Saint Saens’ grand zoological fantasy and Stravinsky’s elusive Firebird Suite, a highlight of the concert will be the world première of a new work by Australia’s own Lyle Chan, inspired by the ancient folk story of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
|SAINT-SAЁNS||Selections from Carnival of the Animals|
|BAO YUAN KAI||Happy Lantern Festival; Mountain Tune; Yangge Dance|
|MAO YUAN||Happy Spring|
|CHEN YAO-XIN||Galloping Horses|
|GAO||Mongolian Fantasy/Erhu of the Night|
|PAGANINI||Moses Fantasy MS 23|
|LYLE CHAN||Carnival of the Chinese Animals (world premiere)|
|STRAVINSKY||Selections from Firebird Suite|