A multimedia visual presentation of the various Asian communities accompanied by symphony music. Pianist Joel Fan will be performing on the piano. In addition, this performance include Julian Yu who made the arrangements for the
“Pictures at an Exhibition.”
From one of the organizers:
“This is the Asian Century. Our goal is to create a very special relationship between Asians and non-Asians in the Greater Seattle, which is so unique vis-a-vis the rest of the world in that there is no other cosmopolitan city that can harmoniously integrate Asian culture, local heritage and Western symphonic music in one. On April 15, Northwest Sinfonietta has produced for you the world premier of the audio-visual presentation of Asian immigration, arts and pride in ‘Pictures at an Exhibition.’ Please, come.”
— Yoshi Minegishi, Chair of the Project.
The pieces performed will be:
— Debussy’s “Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun”
“Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun” is a symphonic poem for orchestra written by French composer Claude Debussy. This 10-minute musical composition is considered a turning point in the history of music. Prelude is one of Debussy’s most famous works, and it was first performed in Paris on December 1894, conducted by Gustavo Doret.
— Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” featuring Joel Fan on the piano
“Rhapsody in Blue” is a musical composition written by American composer and pianist George Gershwin. The piece is a combination of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. It was first premiered on February 1924 by jazz musician Paul Whiteman and his band, with Gershwin playing the piano. The Rhapsody in Blue became one of the most popular of all American concert works.
— Mussorgsky’s “Picture at an Exhibition,” arrange by Julian Yu
“Pictures at an Exhibition” is a set of ten movements composed for piano by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. The suite has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists. Mussorgsky wrote “Pictures” as a tribute to his best friend, artist and architect Viktor Hartmann, who died from an aneurysm.
Christophe Chagnard will be conducting the orchestra. Hosting for the night is Andrea Nakano, KING 5 sports anchor.
The concert will be performed at the Nordstrom Hall on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 7:30PM. Tickets are $9–$29
Click here to buy tickets. Pick up our paper next week and to read our feature story about the event!