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A Colorful Musical Journey

April 21 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A Colorful Musical Journey imageThis symphonic concert presents Chinese, American, and Korean music. Featured musicians include: Roger Briggs, Sharyn Peterson, Victoria Parker, Rowena Hamill, Matt Rehfeldt, Korean musicians Dohee Kim and Yu Seok Oh, Canadian musicians Jirong Huang,.

March 10, 2013 Asian-American's Musical Dream Concert By John Nelson On Sunday, April 21st, at Benaroya Hall, Austin Huang will present A Colorful Musical Journey, an Asian-American's Musical Dream Concert. Having had the privilege of seeing several of the previous celebrations presented by Austin, I was amazed and excited to see this event brought to the largest stage. Last year at Mt. Baker Theatre in Bellingham I witnessed such an exciting show that I often still talk about it. As a well-travelled and seasoned aficionado of classical and folk performances, I can say without hesitation that anyone who attends this concert will experience the best of several worlds. Those in attendance will be treated to what will probably be their first exposure to the Asian music from regions in and around Northeastern China. This concert will present original Asian folk music, heard here for the first time in symphonic form. There are concerti for erhu, jingerhu and jinghu, violin and cello. Other traditional Asian instruments such as pipa and guzheng will be heard mingling with a western orchestra creating an exciting and new experience for the audience. Northeastern China is unusual because of its multicultural nature, welcoming Koreans and others into its ranks. Each of these cultures has itís own long and varied musical tradition. It takes a special person with a strong vision to bring these traditions together onto the stage and that person is Austin Huang. Austin became an American citizen in the 1990ís. He had not studied music in China, but brought with him the memory of musical themes from his homeland. He has since become a student of well-known composer Roger Briggs. Austin has arisen as an American composer of modern music influenced by folk tunes from the regions in and around Northeastern China. He is also a man dedicated to cultural exchange and this concert is but one of his many efforts to bring Asian and American peoples together. The goal of this concert is to encourage peace between countries so that all can prosper. This concert will see many people from Korea, China, Canada and the United States brought together on the stage to perform compositions by Li Fang of the Xinghai Conservatory, Jirong Huang of Canada, Roger Briggs and of course Austin Huang, both of the United States. Austinís Jinghu and Jingerhu Double Concerto is the first ever 12-tone composition to feature the jinghu and the jingerhu, two-string, bowed instruments normally heard in only Chinese Opera, and rarely ever heard or even seen in this country. Over 200 musicians will grace the stage, including some of the best supporting musicians available from Seattle to as far North as Richmond, BC, including Chinese and Korean choirs. Famous Seattle Korean singers Dohee Kim, soprano, and Yu-Seok Oh, baritone, will be featured along with Geling Jiang, on jinghu, Yun Song, on jingerhu and Jirong Huang, on erhu. Concertmaster Victoria Parker will lead Sharyn Peterson, violin soloist, and Matt Rehfelt, cello soloist, and a full western symphony conducted by Roger Briggs. I canít wait for my opportunity to see what new surprises await me at the Benaroya Hall on the 21st of April. I hope you will be there to celebrate with me. Anyone interested can find more information at ChineseCultureFestival.org. Donít miss this rare opportunity to see deeply into Asian music and artistic expression almost never available anywhere in the United States. John Nelson has attended concerts in countries all over the world and is himself a musician and a sound recorder. He currently lives in Bellingham with his wife Pat, a bassoonist and his son Alexander, a percussionist. John can be reached at 360-303-4784 or at johnel3@comcast.net

Who: Pacific Northwest Cultural Exchange Council
Location: Benaroya Hall
Address: 200 University Ave
Seattle, WA 98111

Phone: 3602244888
Email: austinxhuang@yahoo.com
Website: chineseculturefestival.org
Cost: $20 students $38-$100 regular
Ticket Website:www.seattlesymphony.org/symphony/buy/single/production.aspx?id=14125&src=t&dateid=14125

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