Bright Sheng: Let Fly, Zodiac Tales, Suzhou Overture

February 12, 2021, 9:00 am

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Inspired by the image of a violin melody “flying off,”  Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng’s virtuosic three-movement concerto Let Fly interweaves Chinese and Western classical elements. Vivid legends of astrological animals inform Zodiac Tales, a tour de force concerto for orchestra. Reflecting the city of Suzhou’s ancient, continuous cultural heritage, traditional nostalgia fuses with contemporary rhythms in the exciting Suzhou Overture. These works are featured in their world premiere recordings, conducted by the composer.