50 North Plymouth Ave
Rochester, New York 14614

Celebration of Music: An Asian New Year Inspired Musical Series


Grammy-nominated Ying Quartet, Parvatha Chidambaram, and Nurmira Salimbaeva


  1. Varnam
  2. Ode to Gods
  3. Thillana
performed by Parvatha Chidambaram. A native of southern India, Parvatha introduces several Carnatic vocal pieces accompanied by mridamgum, a native percussion instrument of southern Asia. She is director of the dance and music school Barata, and has performed extensively throughout India and the United States.

  1. The Swan, Camille Saint-Saëns
  2. Humoresque, Kalyi Moldobasanov
  3. Love, Muratbek Begaliev
  4. Little Tune, Kalyi Moldobasanov
  5. traditional Kyrgyz folk songs
  6. Scherzo, Daniel François van Goens
performed by Nurmira Salimbaeva. A native of Kyrgyzstan, Nurmira graces the stage playing classical cello accompanied by piano. She also performs a Kyrgyz song with komuz, a native instrument. A graduate of Bishkeks prestigious Abdraev Music School, she continues her studies at the Eastman School of Music.

    Musical Dim Sum & Short Works by Chinese American Composers

  1. Shuo, Chen Yi

  2. Three Selections from Eight Colors, Tan Dun
  3. Drum and Gong
  4. Cloudiness
  5. Red Son

  6. Song of the Chin'in, Zhou Long

  7. At the Kansas City Chinese New Year Concert, Chen Yi
  8. The Talking Fiddle
  9. Making the Hand-pulled Noodles
  10. Blue Dragon Sword Dance
performed by the Ying Quartet. Now in its second decade, the Ying Quartet has developed an international reputation for its commitment to making artistic and creative expression an essential part of life. Initiatives in this direction include a visiting residency at Symphony Space in New York City linking music with other art forms (including poetry, dance, and film), collaborations with the Turtle Island String Quartet which explore jazz, improvisation, and the classical string quartet tradition, and a project with Hyperscore, a computer program that enables non-musicians to compose music for the Quartet to perform. The Yings ongoing commissioning project, LifeMusic, designed to produce a distinctively American string quartet repertoire, thus far includes ten new works, and this season adds quartets by Pierre Jalbert and John Duffy. Current recording projects include LifeMusic on the Quartz Label, Tchaikovsky for Arabesque, and a Telarc recording with the Turtle Island String Quartet. The EMI Classics recording of works by Osvaldo Golijov on which the Ying Quartet appears with the St. Lawrence Quartet was nominated for a 2003 Grammy Award. The Quartet is in residence at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, and since 2001 its members have been the Blodgett Artists in Residence at Harvard University.

With Musical Dim Sum, the Yings continue to extend their repertoire of innovative programming concepts while celebrating their own cultural heritage. On these programs, the Quartet includes a selection of short works by Chinese American composers in the framework of a traditional concert, giving audiences the treat of a diverse sampling of this music. The Quartet plans to commission new works by composers of Chinese background living around the globe to join existing pieces by Chou Wen-Chung, Zhou Long, Tan Dun, Bright Sheng, and Chen Yi.

refreshments available 30 minutes before the event
All events include free admission to Celebration of Music photo exhibit. Please arrive early to view the collection.

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Added by jlam on February 2, 2006

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