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Year of the Rooster

Conductor Dane Lam
Soprano Yafen
Erhu Ma Xiaohui
Pipa Zhao Cong
Violin Zoë Black
Piano Piers Lane

Duration: Two hours and 15 minutes, including a 20 minute interval (subject to change without notice)
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QSO continues its annual tradition celebrating Chinese New Year — in 2017, Year of the Rooster!

We invite friends of QSO, the Chinese community and the whole of Brisbane to join us for a magnificent program that features a blend of Chinese music and great western masterworks.

Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream, op.61
Yang The Shepherdess of the Tian Shan Mountains
Rimsky-Korsakov Suite from Le coq d'or (Zolotoy petushok; The Golden Cockerel)
Chindamo American Spirit
Tchaikovsky Finale from The Nutcracker
Bao Dialogue On Flowers
Litolff Concerto symphonique, No.4, op.102, D minor
Xia Farewell, My Concubine
Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain
Cong Apsaras on the Silk Road
Bao The Little Cowherd
Traditional Jasmine Flower
Tan Dun Eternal Vow from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Concerto

Due to a change in circumstances, violinist Wei Lu is unable to perform at this concert.

'As proud patron of Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Year of the Rooster concert on Thursday 9 February, I have the great pleasure to invite you to experience one of the major events of the Happy Chinese New Year celebrations across Australia. I encourage you to join Queensland Symphony Orchestra in celebrating the Year of the Rooster.'

Cheng Jingye
Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of Australia


Program Notes

QSO is pleased to provide free concert programs to further enrich your concert experience. Here you will find detailed notes on the composers and repertoire, and biographies of guest artists.

You can help us reduce the cost of these printed programs and reduce the impact on the environment. View the program notes online prior to the concert, or download only the sections you wish to bring to the concert. And if you do need a printed program, please take one between two and keep it for the month of concerts.



Dane Lam

Dane Lam is Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of China's Xi'an Symphony Orchestra. Acclaimed by Limelight Magazine as “one of the most talented young conductors Australia has produced” and Manchester Evening News as “a master...
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Piers Lane

London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane is one of the most inquisitive and engaging live performers of his generation. In great demand as soloist and collaborative artist, recent highlights include a performance of Busoni’s mighty piano...
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Yafen is an award-winning Chinese folk soprano who has promoted traditional Chinese fine arts around the world. She is part of the Chinese Police Headquarters Art Troupe, a member of Chinese Musicians Association, ambassador of...
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Ma Xiaohui

Ma Xiaohui speaks with the world through her erhu (Chinese violin). She is most recognised for her famous duet with cellist Yo-Yo Ma on the Oscar-winning soundtrack for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in...
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Zhao Cong

Zhao Cong is a top musician in China and the Chief Pipa Performer of China National Orchestra. She is revered for her devotion to promoting Chinese folk music and introducing the pipa to the world...
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Zoë Black

Zoë Black is a violinist's violinist, known for her beauty of sound and natural virtuosity. She has performed throughout the world as soloist, chamber musician and as a member of Australian Chamber Orchestra, with whom...
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Patron: His Excellency Mr Cheng Jingye,
Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Australia
The WorldBeat series is proudly presented by NAB and supported by Brisbane City Council.
Presented in association with ACCCA.