Lunar New Year Concert

Southern Cross Soloists


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


Carnival of the Animals – selections

Bao Yuan Kai
Happy Lantern Festival; Mountain Tune; Yangge Dance

Mao Yuan
Happy Spring

Chen Yao-Xin
Galloping Horses

Gao Mongolian
Fantasy/Erhu of the Night

Moses Variations

Lyle Chan
Carnival of the Chinese animals

Firebird Suite – selections