Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Highlights

May 6, 2023, 11:00 am

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Composers Bright Sheng, Zarin Mehta, and Taki Salameh

To mark the start of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Introductions has collected performances of music by composers of Korean, Palestinian, Persian, Indian, and Chinese descent. Among the eight composers are four local to the Chicago area, and this episode includes the first broadcast of Glimpses by 16-year-old pianist and composer Zarin Mehta.


Misook Kim: Phantom of Arirang
Noah Kim, piano
First broadcast March 20, 2021

Taki Salameh: Wind Quintet
CYSO Jubilee Woodwind Quintet: Anika Veda, flute; Zachary Allen, oboe; Henry Lazzaro, clarinet; Danica Tuohy, horn; Taki Salameh, bassoon
First broadcast May 21, 2022

Jaehyeok Jang: Sijo
Aidan Sinclair Daniels, violin
First broadcast July 9, 2022

Richard Danielpour: The Enchanted Garden, Book II:
III. Elegy
IV. Lean Kat Stride
Shivshankar Prasad, piano
First broadcast October 15, 2022

Tyagaraja: Vasudevayani (excerpt)
Anika Veda, Indian bamboo flute
First broadcast October 31, 2020

Chen Yi: Guessing
Ethan Zheng, piano
First broadcast March 11, 2023

Bright Sheng: Seven Tunes Heard in China:
No. 7, Tibetan Dance
Eytan Raviv, cello
First broadcast December 19, 2020

Zarin Mehta: Glimpses:
No. 1, A Misty Dawn
No. 2, A Frenetic Dash
No. 3, A Goblin’s Tarantella
No. 4, A Fractured Waltz
Zarin Mehta, piano
Recorded by New Music School, 2022. Zarin gave a solo recital on Introductions in November 2020.