Memories from Childhood
Celebrate the 2019 Lunar New Year with one of Australia’s leading chamber ensembles, Southern Cross Soloists, and an impressive line-up of guest soloists as they bid adieu (zàijiàn) to the Chinese Year of the Dog and usher in the Year of the Pig – a year which promises to be full of good fortune and luck.
Brilliant colour and sheer exuberance feature in this jubilant concert of East meets West, with a vibrant mix of modern and age-old traditional folk songs as we mark the final day of the Lunar New Year. Southern Cross Soloists share the stage with special guests: cello virtuoso Li-Wei Qin; Melbourne favourite, piano soloist Kristian Chong; and international erhu superstar George Gao, one of the most exciting, innovative and respected erhu masters of our time.
From Chinese folk song and virtuosic artistry to Saint-Saëns’ grand zoological fantasy and Stravinsky’s elusive Firebird Suite, a highlight of the concert will be the world premiere of a new work by Australia’s own Lyle Chan, inspired by the ancient folk story of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre
Southern Cross Soloists
Li-Wei Qin cello
George Gao erhu
Kristian Chong piano
Carnival of the Animals – selections
Bao Yuan Kai
Happy Lantern Festival; Mountain Tune; Yangge Dance
Fantasy/Erhu of the Night
Carnival of the Chinese animals
Firebird Suite – selections
Tuesday 19 February 2019 7.30pm
Duration: 2 hours (incl. interval)
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