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The New York Times Gives Great Reviews for Chen Yi and Narong Prangcharoen

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The New York Times gave great reviews to esteemed UMKC Composition professor Chen Yi and Conservatory Composition graduate Narong Prangcharoen for October 2012 New York performances of their work.

On October 23, 2012 Anthony Tommasini reviewed the New York Virtuoso Singers' performance at Merkin Concert Hall. Among other works, the group performed Chen Yi's Let's Reach a New Height. Tomasini wrote, "...the beauty of Chen Yi’s beguiling and animated setting of Let’s Reach a New Height comes from the way her music interacts with the vivid verbal imagery, a metaphorical take on a Tang dynasty poem about striving higher in years to come." Read the whole review here.

On October 29, 2012 Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim reviewed the American Composers Orchestra's concert in Carnegie Hall, writing, "Three premieres made up the rest of the American Composers Orchestra’s program. The most successful was The Migration of Lost Souls, by Narong Prangcharoen, an atmospheric work that weaves some of the spiritual and vernacular sounds of Mr. Prangcharoen’s native Thailand into a skillfully orchestrated tapestry. Although the work, 15 minutes long, inhabits a Western tonal universe, its principal pitches are determined by those of a set of bells at the Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai. There are moments of ethereal beauty, in which Mr. Prangcharoen evokes the spirits of the dead with airy flute solos, sliding string harmonics and the eerie sound of a bowed cymbal." Read the whole review here.

Congratulations to our professor and our graduate, who also teaches at the Conservatory's Academy.

For more information, please contact:

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