Celebrate Year of the Rooster with an extraordinary WorldBeat concert

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As part of the People's Republic of China's official New Year celebrations, on Thursday 9 February in the Concert Hall at QPAC, Queensland Symphony Orchestra will join China's brightest stars and much-loved Australian artists for a spectacular evening of Chinese music and great western masterworks to welcome Year of the Rooster. 

Part of QSO’s brilliant WorldBeat program, the concert will see Brisbane-born Dane Lam conduct an exhilarating and eclectic program. Since making his debut with Sydney Symphony Orchestra at just 18, Dane has established himself as an energetic musical talent. Following a successful period of work in London, Dane was appointed Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of China’s Xi’an Symphony Orchestra in 2014. He is perfectly placed to wield the baton in a program that bridges the cultural traditions of east and west.

Another local making a welcome return to Brisbane for this concert and also further events later in the year is world famous pianist Piers Lane. Piers has a long association with QSO, and in an anniversary complementary to QSO’s own 70th , it is now 40 years since Piers made his debut with the orchestra in 1977—the same year he rose to prominence being named Best Australian Pianist at the inaugural Sydney International Piano Competition.

Best known in many circles for her duet with cellist Yo-Yo Ma on the Oscar-winning soundtrack to the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Ma Xiaohui enthralled audiences with her virtuosic erhu (Chinese violin) playing in last year’s Year of the Monkey concert. Credited with elevating her instrument to new levels of standing in the music world, her repeat appearance this year is eagerly anticipated.

Zhao Cong is a multi-talented artist whose career spans many industries. She is the Chief Pipa Performer of China National Orchestra and has made it one of her missions in life to bring the sound of the pipa (four-stringed Chinese lute) to the world. She brings this worldwide experience to Queensland this year with her own award-winning composition Apsaras on the Silk Road.

Award-winning Chinese Folk Soprano Yafen adds her distinctive voice to traditional and modern Chinese folk pieces in the program.

One of Australia’s leading classical violinists, Zoë Black brings her natural virtuosity and beauty of sound to her recent collaborations with composer and pianist Joe Chindamo.  Zoë has performed throughout the world as a soloist and chamber musician, and was the assistant leader of Australian Chamber Orchestra at age 23; a position that she held for five years.

Add to all of this the romanticism and beauty of works by Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Litolff plus Mussorgsky’s frantic, demonic, and yet thoroughly enjoyable orchestral favourite Night on Bald Mountain.

Thursday 9 February at 7.30pm, Concert Hall, QPAC (QSO WorldBeat)
Conductor Dane Lam, Soprano Yafen, Erhu Ma Xiaohui, Pipa Zhao Cong, Piano Piers Lane, Violin Zoë Black
Program includes: Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bao A Dialogue Of Flowers, Chindamo American Spirit, Tchaikovsky Waltz-Finale from The Nutcracker, Gaun Farewell My Concubine, Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain, Cong Apsaras on the Silk Road, Tan Dun Eternal Vow from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Concerto

Patron: His Excellency Mr Cheng Jingye, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Australia. The WorldBeat series is presented by NAB and supported by Brisbane City Council. In association with ACCCA. Friend of BrisAsia Festival.