Chen Yi will visit the Hartt School of Music during the last week of April, where she will be awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree by the University of Hartford (CT). She and her husband, Zhou Long, will attend the school as Featured Guest Composers and take part in a six-day event that will include composition masterclasses and multiple performances of their work.
The first concert on April 27th will feature two chamber works by Chen Yi: Duo Ye for Solo Piano and Happy Rain on a Spring Night for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, and Piano. On April 29th Edward Cumming will lead the Hartt Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Momentum for Orchestra. The celebration of Chen Yi’s music will draw to a close over the subsequent two days, April 30th and May 1st, as five of her works for wind ensemble are performed by four different ensembles. Featured works include Wind, Dragon Rhyme, Tu, Spring Festival, and Suite from China West.
EXPLORE A FEW OF THE WORKS TO BE PERFORMED AT THE FESTIVAL BELOW
…the best music is the lyrical middle section where delicately ornamented tunes mimic traditional pentatonic melodies.
–American Record Guide
…a non-stop build of energy and color that crests and refreshes like an ocean wave…
…very successfully fuses spare, sinuous traditional Chinese elements with the complexity and rhythmic vibrancy of the European modernist tradition. … memorable for its astonishing effects…
–San Antonio Express-News
…a fierce 14-minute outcry. Written as both a howl of pain in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, and a tribute to the New York firefighters who lost their lives, “Tu” takes off with a crash and rarely flags in its unbridled energy.
–San Fransisco Chronicle