August 18, 2022


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Bard Conservatory’s US-China Audio Institute Offers Fourth Yearly China Now Audio Pageant, Oct 12-17

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Huang Ruo. Photo by Wenjun Miakoda Liang.

This Year’s Concept, Asian American Voices, Focuses on Moving Society Ahead By Music

The US-China Tunes Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music announces the fourth year of the China Now New music Pageant, from October 12 to 17. The festival’s live shows will acquire location at The Richard B. Fisher Middle for the Doing Arts at Bard University and Jazz at Lincoln Centre in New York Town. By way of an once-a-year sequence of concerts and academic routines, the China Now Tunes Festival is dedicated to selling an knowing and appreciation of music from modern day China. This year’s theme broadens the festival’s scope to involve the voices of a broad array of Asian American composers, with the goal of checking out their significance in up to date American music and modern society. “Asian American voices are American voices, and Asian American new music is American tunes. We really should generally cherish the cultural diversity in American modern society,” says China Now Audio Pageant Creative Director Jindong Cai.

The fourth annual China Now Music Festival, Asian American Voices, comes in the midst of a specifically hard time, shadowed by the global pandemic and new increase in anti-Asian discrimination and violence. The repertoire consequently reflects how Asian American composers have responded to this unique moment, as properly as to the historical reception of Asians in The us. 

“Music is not just an artwork form but ought to enable shift culture forward,” states Huang Ruo, the festival’s composer-in-home.  

The festival features three vital is effective by New York–based composer, Huang Ruo. Born in China in 1976 and based in the United States, Huang has proven a occupation as a important figure in classical new music these days. Spanning numerous genres and traditions, Huang’s function frequently aims to integrate Chinese and Western influences into multidimensional soundscapes. Critical pageant performances include things like a preview of excerpts from his most up-to-date composition, Angel Island A Dust in Time, a piece he composed in response to the pandemic and picks from his opera An American Solider, with libretto by David Henry Hwang. The festival programming also showcases new will work by a assortment of Asian American composers. These is effective delve into the Asian American practical experience stretching back 100 several years to now.

“The new spike in anti-AAPI dislike reminds us that Asian Us residents must elevate up our voices and display the earth who we are, in all our strength, complexity, and humanity,” suggests playwright David Henry Hwang.

On Tuesday, October 12 at 8pm, the festival’s opening live performance, Asian American Voices: Composing for History, audio of Huang Ruo, carried out by China Now Creative Director Jindong Cai, will be held at the Fisher Heart for Performing Arts. The Orchestra Now will accomplish Huang’s 2020 meditation on the pandemic, A Dust in Time: A Passacaglia for Strings, which mirrors a Tibetan sand mandala in its musical composition. The festival’s ensemble­–in-home, the San Francisco-based Del Sol Quartet, will also existing a preview of excerpts from Huang’s newest do the job, Angel Island: Oratorio for Voices and String QuartetAngel Island sets to tunes the haunting Chinese poetry, extra than 200 poems, inscribed on the partitions of the Angel Island immigration center in San Francisco by detained immigrants through the early 20th century.

On Wednesday, Oct 13 at 8pmAsian American Voices: Undercurrents in Up to date American New music, a multimedia chamber concertwill be held at the Fisher Centre at Bard Higher education. Korean-American composer Jin Hi Kim presents the world-premiere of A Ritual for COVID-19, a multimedia composition impressed by the Korean shamanistic ‘ssitkimkut’ ritual for purifying the spirits of the dead. The Del Sol Quartet will execute new compositions by Erberk Eryilmaz, Takuma Itoh, Vijay Iyer, Erika Oba, and Jungyoon Wie, symbolizing lots of various voices to replicate different areas of Asian American culture and history, from the early yrs of Japanese immigration—with Itoh’s piece Picture Brides—to selections from the quartet’s ‘Joy Project’—an energy to reply to current social and political adjust, know-how, and inventive innovation.

On Saturday, October 16 at 3pmAsian American Voices: Symphonic Portraits, with The Orchestra Now, a pageant concert, will be held at the Fisher Centre for Performing Arts. Jindong Cai will lead The Orchestra Now to showcase 3 symphonic performs by the composers Tan Dun, dean of the Bard Conservatory Xinyan Li, Bard Conservatory college member and Peng-Peng Gong, Shanghai-based composer and pianist. Tan’s Prayer and Blessing is his preliminary reaction to the pandemic, composed in early 2020. Li’s Awakening Mild, concerto for guzheng and orchestra, was commissioned by the festival to be carried out by the winner of the 2019 Bard Conservatory Concerto Competitors, Yixin Wang. Gong’s A Chinese in New York is a uncooked description of the working experience of a Chinese student confronting cultural dissimilarities in The us. 

The 2nd half of the concert will feature various shifting episodes from composer Huang Ruo’s 2014 opera, An American Soldier. The opera tells the impressive and haunting correct tale of the demise of US Military Non-public Danny Chen, who was born and lifted in New York’s Chinatown and died in Afghanistan in 2001 following staying subjected to relentless hazing and racial maltreatment by his superiors. The episodes introduced below will be introduced by the opera’s librettist, Tony award–winning playwright David Henry Hwang.  ­­

On Sunday, October 17 at 3pm, the festival’s closing concert, Asian American Voices: Angel Island Oratorio and An American Soldier, new music of Huang Ruo, done by Jindong Cai, will be held in the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York Metropolis. The plan begins with the Del Sol Quartet and China Now Festival Chorus executing a preview of excerpts from Angel Island: Oratorio for Voices and String Quartet. Angel Island: Oratorio was commissioned by the Del Sol Undertaking Arts Firm, with aid from the Hewlett Foundation “50 Arts Commissions'” and additional funding by the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Basis and the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. The concert will also attribute a 2nd effectiveness of picked episodes from An American Soldier, with The Orchestra Now, soloists, and live narration by librettist David Henry Hwang.

An on the internet panel discussion and functionalityAsian American Voices: Artists Confronting Modern society, on ThursdayOct 14 at 8pm will carry collectively some of the major voices in the 2021 China Now Music Competition. Featured composer Huang Ruo, Tony award–winning playwright David Henry Hwang, artistic director of the China Now Audio Festival Jindong Cai, violist Charlton Lee of the Del Sol Quartet, and others will discuss their encounter as Asian American artists and reflect on how this unique instant in historical past has shaped their resourceful approach and their sights on the job of the artist in modern society. Adhering to the panel discussion, the Del Sol Quartet will supply an excerpt of their new recording of Huang Ruo’s meditation on the pandemic, A Dust in Time.

For extra data about the China Now Audio Competition and for total programming specifics, visit

Tickets for October 12 and 13 have a suggested donation of $15 or $20. Tickets for October 16 are $25, $30, $35, and $40. To acquire tickets for the Fisher Heart live shows, visit, connect with 845-758-7900 (Mon-Fri 10am-5pm), or email [email protected] 

Tickets for October 17 are $25, $35, and $50. To purchase tickets for the Jazz at Lincoln Center concert take a look at the Jazz at Lincoln Middle Box Workplace, Broadway at 60th Street, Ground Ground, (Monday-Saturday 10am–6pm, Sunday 12 pm–6pm) or on line at, or call CenterCharge at 212-721-6500.

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