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Loudoun Symphony presents

Lunar New Year

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Loudoun Symphony Celebrates The Lunar New Year

Featuring members of Loudoun Symphony Orchestra


Lunar New Year, Chinese Chunjie, Vietnamese Tet, Korean Solnal, Tibetan Losar, also called Spring Festival, is a festival typically celebrated in China and other Asian countries that begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends 15 days later. The lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, so the dates of the holiday vary slightly from year to year, beginning some time between January 21 and February 20 according to Western calendars.


Opening Music: Gong Xi Gong Xi is a common Lunar New Year greeting and the song celebrates the arrival of spring, it quickly became associated almost exclusively with New Year celebrations and remains a part of the season's musical canon.


Program


Arirang (arr. unknown) and Gyesu Tree (arr. Guk-Young Yoon) - Korean Folk Songs

Based on Arrangement by Richard Mayer and Robert Longfield

MIchelle Choi, Cello


Lullaby, from Two Pieces for Solo Clarinet - Koh Okumura

Betty Bley, Clarinet


"The Butterfly Lovers" Violin Concerto (abridged) - He Zhan Hao and Chen Gang (1959)

Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer, violin

Dr. Hsin-Yi Chen, piano


Longing for Spring Breeze - Teng Yu-Hsien (arr. Tyzen Hsiao)

Love Song - Tyzen Hsiao

Dr. Huaizu You, violin


About the Artists


Michelle Choi completed Bachelor of Music program in cello performance from Gachon University of Korea in 2013 and Master of Music in Catholic University of America (CUA) in 2018. She is a principal cellist of Loudoun Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and a teacher throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and Maryland area.


Betty Bley, The Loudoun Symphony’s Principal Clarinetist, is a Vandoren Artist-Clinician, adjudicator, and clarinet sectional coach. She maintains a large private studio, and is the editor of clarinet music for the Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association, grading and maintaining a database of over 4,000 solo and ensemble works for clarinet. For four weeks each summer, she teaches clarinet technique to 135 beginning through 9th grade students at the Vienna Band Camp.


Venezuelan violinist Dr. Marjory Serrano-Coyer is LSO's co-concertmaster. She has performed at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. She also teaches at Loudoun Country Day School and Frederick Community College in Maryland.


Born in Taiwan, Dr. Hsin-Yi Chen has collaborated with various instrumentalists and singers in the area. She also teaches at Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy, and at her private studio in Loudoun County.


Born in Taiwan, Chinese violinist Dr. Huaizu You is one of LSO’s first violins. He is a system engineer and GNC (Guidance, Navigation & Control) lead at Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA for various missions.


About the composers and works


"Arirang" is a Korean folk song. There are about 3,600 variations of 60 different versions of the song. It is estimated the song is more than 600 years old.


Koh Okumura (1929-2017) was a Japanese composer who lived in Osaka, Japan. He composed this piece for Koichi Inamoto, a Japanese clarinetist who was classically trained but longed to play native folk music (“Min-yo”) on his clarinet. Inamoto wrote, “In Min-yo we can vividly feel the essence of the soul of Japanese people, who have lived in harmony with nature, loving the mountains and rivers.”


In 1959, while at Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Chen Gang, together with He Zhanhao composed the violin concerto Butterfly Lovers. The violin concerto won five Golden Record prizes as well as a Platinum Record prize. The Concerto has also achieved enormous international success. Chen is a professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music


Teng Yu-hsien was a Taiwanese Hakka musician. He is noted for composing many well-known Hokkien songs. Teng is regarded as the Father of Taiwanese folk songs.


Tyzen Hsiao was a Taiwanese composer of the neo-Romantic school. Many of his vocal works set poems written in Taiwanese Hokkien, the mother tongue of the majority of the island's residents at the time. His compositions stand as a musical manifestation of the Taiwanese literature movement that revitalized the

island's literary and performing arts in the 1970s and 1980s. Hsiao's career in music included additional success as a pianist and conductor.

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