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Friday, May 27, 2011

Chinese Artists Society of Toronto Presents Celebration Concert


Presented by Chinese Artists Society of Toronto

CHINESE AND WESTERN MUSIC COMBINE

IN CELEBRATION CONCERT SUNDAY, JUNE 12

East meets west when the Chinese Artists Society of Toronto presents a Celebration Gala concert, Sunday, June 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front Street West, Toronto. Tickets, $28-$48 are available from the Roy Thomson Hall box office, www.roythomson.com or by phone at 416-872-4255. For more concert information, call (416) 733-4644.

Outstanding soloists perform chamber music and join conductor Erhei Liang and the CAST Philomusica Orchestra in music from China, the west and even in between. All of the artists are Chinese-Canadian with one exception. Special guest is Russian-Canadian pianist Michael Berkovsky, a multi-award-winning pianist who made his New York debut at Avery Fisher Hall and has toured as a soloist in Ireland, Costa Rica, Japan, Italy, Israel, Canada and the United States.

Orchestral selections include Chinese Sights and Sounds for orchestra by Bao Yuankai; Music and narration “Smile China”*, narrated by Jason Li; Dragon Boat, with Wenxin Zhao on pipa (Chinese lute); Variations on the Kazakh folk song, Ma Yi La, by Yian-Jiang Hu, and other Chinese art songs, sung by soprano Lin Chen; and Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue, with Michael Berkovsky on piano.

In addition, harpist Andrew Chan plays La Source by Alphonse Hassleman. Violinist Alec Hou (father of celebrated violinist Yi-Jia Susanne Hou), joins pianist Sheng Cai to perform the well-known Sonata in A Major by César Franck.

The Celebration Gala is presented with funding from the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council.

Conductor Erhei Liang is also a composer, trained at the Shanghai Conservatory and at Louisiana State University, He has composed symphonies, concertos, chamber and electronic music, solo and choral works. His works have been telecast and performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. An immigrant to Toronto in 1991, he is president of the Chinese Artists Society of Toronto, executive director of the Toronto Chinese Piano & String Teachers’ Association, artistic director of the Academy of Chamber Music for Young Musicians, and composer-in-residence of Hong Kong Chamber Chorus, for which he has composed many choral works. The Canadian Music Centre will record his recent multidisciplinary work Songs of Love at its November 1 premiere in Toronto.

* The Smile China Project is a Canadian registered charitable organization, founded by renowned facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Joseph K. Wong. Its primary objective is to provide specialized surgical, medical and health care services to children affected with facial deformities in poor developing areas within the People’s Republic of China. More information is at http://www.smilechina.com/our_mission/index.php

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