Friday, March 1, 2019, at 7:30 pm at St. Mary Magdalen Church, 25 N. Las Posas Road, Camarillo.
Sunday, March 3, 2019, at 3:00 pm, at First United Methodist Church of Ventura, 1338 East Santa Clara Street, Ventura.
The inaugural concert of CHICO’s World Music Gala will feature music of the Orient. Ode to Hero, Ode to Love (2015) is an award winning Double Erhu Concerto composed by Chinese composer Bo-Chan Li (1992- ). The Erhu Concerto will be performed by the internationally renowned Taiwanese Erhu masters, Dr. Ming-Yen Lee and Dr. Hsin-Chih Lin.
Hearing an erhu for the first time, you will find yourself surprisingly enraptured by its singular sounds and moving melodies.
It is an alto instrument with a middle-high range that delivers notes both tender and sonorous. In its lower ranges, the erhu is especially somber. It is because of this quality that Chinese have chosen it for conveying the grand pageantry of their history and the depth of their passions.
Rhapsody in Kuan Du, for Piano and Orchestra was commissioned by Chew’s Culture Foundation in 2000, and the symphony orchestra of National Taipei University of the Arts gave its world premiere at the National Concert Hall in Taipei in 2001, with the pianist Wang Mei-Ling and conductor Hsu Sung-Jen.