Chinese New Year Concert
Carl St.Clair, conductor
Yaya Zhang, producer and choreographer
Ye Tan and David Williams, emcees
Jessica Zhu, vocalist
Gloria Xiong, vocalist
Orson Van Gay II, tenor
George Gao, erhu and jinghu
Awakened Blessing Lion Dance Troupe
Yaya Dance Academy
Tong Wang, choreographer
Michael Tomlin III, choreographer
Two Worlds — Jill and Amnon Damti, dancers
Ariana Strahl, soprano
Christina Pezzarossi, mezzo-soprano
Robert Breault, tenor
Enrico Lagasca, bass-baritone
Haixiang Yu, media designer
American Feel Young Chorus, directed by Sam Wei-Chi Sun
Pacific Chorale — John Alexander, artistic director
— Robert M. Istad, assistant conductor and chorusmaster
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Pacific Symphony and usher in the Year of the Rooster with music and dance. The program includes the popular Spring Festival Overture by Li Huanzhi, the traditional "Jasmine Flower" and the delightful Butterfly Lovers Concerto with George Gao on erhu. The evening culminates in the inspirational "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, when Pacific Chorale is joined by the American Feel Young Chorus.
LI HUANZHI: Spring Festival Overture
BACH: Air from Orchestral Suite No. 3
VARIOUS: Chinese New Year Medley
HUA WU: Deep Into the Night
HE ZHANHAO & CHEN GANG: Butterfly Lovers Concerto
HANS ZIMMER & JOHN POWELL: Music from Kung Fu Panda 2
CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Clair de Lune
TRADITIONAL: Jasmine Flower
BEETHOVEN: Finale from Symphony No. 9, "Choral"
Read more about the music and the artists in the program notes.
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Yaya Zhang is an award-winning artist with 20 years of stage performance, choreography and dance instruction experience. She graduated from the Dept. of Folk Dance at the Secondary School of Beijing Dance Academy in 1999 and has received a B.A. in choreography from Beijing Dance Academy in 2003. During her decade-long study at the Beijing Dance Academy, she mastered many different Chinese ethnic folk dance traditions as well as sword, fan, ribbon and sleeve techniques. At the same time, she has extensive experiences in the choreography of the above styles and techniques. In 2004 and 2005, she carried the role of “Rumpleteazer” in the musical production of “Cats” by Shiki theatre Company in Japan. Before moving to America in 2007, she has worked in many productions in China including musicals. Since her moving to Los Angeles area, she has been teaching at several well-known dance companies. Now she is the artistic director of YAYA Dance Academy.
Founded in 1968, Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs. Pacific Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. Under the inspired guidance of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California’s hallmark innovation and cultural independence.
Pacific Chorale is composed of 140 professional and volunteer singers. In addition to its longstanding partnership with Pacific Symphony, the Chorale has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall on numerous occasions. Other noted collaborations include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Long Beach, Pasadena, Riverside and San Diego symphonies. John Alexander and the Chorale have toured extensively in Europe, South America and Asia, performing in London, Paris, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and Hong Kong, and collaborating with the London Symphony, L’Orchestre Lamoureux of Paris, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the China National Symphony, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Estonian National Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina.