Conservatory Composer Zhou Long Honored by Beijing Music Festival


The UMKC Conservatory is pleased to note that the Beijing Music Festival pays tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long, with the world premiere of his symphonic epic, Nine Odes, October 19, 2013.

According to the BMF website, "Committed to the development of Chinese music for more than a decade, the Beijing Music Festival collaborates again with outstanding Chinese composer Zhou Long. This concert featuring a new Chinese work is unique in the Beijing Music Festival’s outreach. On the stage are celebrated vocalists Ying Huang, Ning Liang, Warren Mok and Chen-YeYuan, all of whom internationally renowned on both concert and operatic fronts.The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra performs under the baton of Daye Lin, marking his return to the Beijing Music Festival.

The impetus for this large-scale commission—matching the dream-like romantic poetry of Qu Yuan with contemporarymusic—came from Long Yu, Artistic Director of the Beijing Music Festival. Setting the entire text of Nine Odes in sections from vocal solos to quartets, this piece is emblematic of the depth of Chinese culture today.

Zhou Long’s most recent association with the Beijing Music Festival was a triumph: His 2010 opera Madame White Snake, a Beijing Music Festival co-commission, was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music. This new commission ushers in a new era in the composer’s celebrated career."

The Beijing Music Festival is in its 16th year, opens October 4, and runs through October 31. 


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