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WEILL RECITAL HALL
at CARNEGIE HALL
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
YAO CHEN Air - New York City Premiere
A solo work written for violinist Lee-Chin Siow
CHEN GANG/HE ZHANHAO
The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto
KAM KEE YONG
Kuang Xiang Qu - "Chinese Rhapsody"
"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
Nicole et Marcel Descarpentries
Katherine Grace Manger
Lynn Stull Marc
Bimmer and Niels Udsen
Maria Ver Ecke
A Huge Thank You
To All The Backers
Who Made This Performance Possible