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Faculty and composer Zhou Long's Composition Performed by Singapore Symphony Orchestra

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Zhou Long's The Rhyme of Taigu is currently performred on the SINGAPORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA EUROPEAN TOUR 2010. Their schedule includes Oct 11 Royal Festival Hall, London, Oct 14 Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Oct 16 Herkulessaal, Munich, Oct 18 Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Oct 19 Philharmonie, Berlin, and Oct 20 Albertinum, Dresden. Lan Shui is the conductor with Stephen Hough on piano. The orchestra received an excellent review in the London Times.

Critic Hilary Finch wrote, "They journeyed from Zhou Long to Bernstein and Bach via Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov and Debussy: this was the 32-year-old Singapore Symphony Orchestra on tour. They hadn't visited London for 20 years, were making their Festival Hall debut and were clearly eager to impress. You'd have had to read the programme note to know that making an impression was not the sole purpose of Zhou Long's The Rhyme of Taigu. It's an explosive 12 minutes of drumming, juddering strings, temple bells, coiled clarinet solos and trumpet tattoos, all in a patterning of relentless jazzy rhythms that seem to summon up the spectre of Gershwin. What the music's “about”, believe it or not, is East-West fusion. For Chinese musicians living in America, ever the twain shall meet - and Long is no exception. This piece fleetingly celebrates atonality, jazz - and the introduction into Japan of Chinese taigu drumming. So the pounding dominates, though this is also a veiled clarinet concerto, complete with cadenza in which the instrument imitates the guanzi, a double-reed pipe used in temple ensembles."

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949
Email: selfdr@umkc.edu