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February 8th, 2017 - 8 PM

Lee-Chin Siow Violin

Svetlana Smolina Piano

Gabrielle Armenier Eurythmy

Featuring a U.S. Premiere and a New York City Premiere, East touches West in this exciting new program which explores the gestural qualities of French and Chinese music through the movement art of eurythmy, the artistry of Singaporean violinist Lee-Chin Siow, Russian pianist Svetlana Smolina and French eurythmist Gabrielle Armenier.


With the concept of polarities of touch as meeting ground, Franck’s Violin Sonata will speak to the romanticism of the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, while Ravel’s Tzigane encounters its counterpart in Singaporean composer Kam Kee Yong’s Kuang Xiang Qu, affectionately nicknamed the ‘Chinese Tzigane’. 

Performance introduced by Mr. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, 

Singapore's Ambassador to the United States 



Silent Eurythmy Introduction

FRANCK Violin Sonata 

BIZET HOROWITZ Carmen Variations

RAVEL Tzigane



YAO CHEN Air  -  New York City Premiere      

A solo work written for violinist Lee-Chin Siow



The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto    



Kuang Xiang Qu - "Chinese Rhapsody"  

U.S. Premiere

"Lee-Chin... teased out the glitter of Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy with aplomb."

The London Times

Praised for her “electrifying” performances and ability to “seduce listeners” with her charismatic stage presence, Lee-Chin, Gold medal winner of the Henryk Szeryng International Violin Competition, is “a distinguished cultural asset of international stature” (American Record Guide). As soloist, she graces the stage with renowned conductors and orchestras, and has wowed audiences in more than 20 countries across five continents, from Carnegie Hall to Osaka Symphony Hall. Her performances have been broadcast internationally by CBS, National Public Radio and China Central TV.

Photo: Watson Lau

Pianist Svetlana Smolina performed with orchestras and in recitals worldwide. Notable appearances with orchestras include Mariinsky Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher,St.Petersburg, Philharmonic, Orchestra National de France, Odessa and Nizhny Novgorod Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Symphony, New Florida Philharmonic, Shreveport Symphony, New York Chamber. A frequent guest at festivals worldwide, Ms. Smolina has performed at the Salzburg Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Ravinia Rising Stars, White Nights, Maggio Musicale, Mikkeli, Ruhr, Easter, Rotterdam Phillips Gergiev, International Gilmore, Settimane Musicali di Stresa, Michelangeli, Hennessy Artists Series at Hanoi Opera House, The Voice of Music in Upper Galilee,in Royal Covent Garden Opera, Mariinsky 3 Concert Hall, Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory, Mozarteum, Merkin Hall, Kravis Center, NJPAC, Gulbenkian Foundation, Grand Artists Series in Tel-Aviv, Academia Santa Cecilia in Rome.

With Special Thanks To

Christopher Mann

Justine Armenier
Catherine Armenier
Karen Lohss

Rachael Abbott
Sophie Armenier
Mary Beard
Dianne Black
Gary Bordey
Szilvia Budai
Michael Burton
Lejon Butcher
Nicholas Croft
De Bock
Nicole et Marcel Descarpentries
Thomas Dostie
Jean-Baptiste Estevenin
Vincent Estevenin 
Douglas Garrett
Katherine Grace Manger
Nadja Haddon
Nicholas Harada
Susann Herb-Eddy
Adam Holland

John -

Seth Jordan 

Averi Lohss

Christa Macbeth

Rudy Marchesi

Masumi Matsumoto

Takae Matsuo


Jack Messina

Linda Michaels

Diego Milillo

Melinda Murray

Marie Nordgren

Michael Plumecocs

Monika Pudelko 

Wanda Root 

Johanna Ruster-Michael

Margarita Slavina

Marta Stemberger

Lynn Stull Marc

Marc Tabor

Bimmer and Niels Udsen

Maria Ver Ecke

Dottie Zold

A Huge Thank You

To All The Backers

Who Made This Performance Possible

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