Composition in Action -- Central Conservatory of Music Chamber Opera Show

Presented by the Composition Department of Central Conservatory of Music, The Chinese Chamber Opera Composition Promotion Project has been successfully held for six seasons. Since the beginning, Prof. Guo Wenjing, a renowned composer and the former chairman of the department, has been serving as the artistic director of the project. This project has made a positive contribution in fostering young talents of music composition, libretto writing and vocal performance.By the invitation of the 2019 China Shanghai International Arts Festivals R.A.W!Land, we carefully selected four students chamber operas to participate in the festival. We will gather rising stage directors, young conductors, and outstanding CCOM student singers to form teams producing these operas. On this unique platform of the Shanghai International Art Festivals Youth Promotion Plan, we would like to present this Composition in Action, advocating the synergies between compositional theory and practice, which has long been implemented throughout the composition program of the Central Conservatory of Music. 1.The Forest of SwanIt is adapted from a true story. In the beautiful and rich Qilu land, there was a paradise. There were beautiful lakes, trees embracing this piece of wetlands tightly. Every year there will be a group of spirits from Siberian fly to this oasis, and play. But with the expansion of the city, the trees along the shore were pushed down, more and more factories has been established. The original blue sky was covered with haze, the original clear lake becomes turbid, also gave off a bad smell. But the swans did not give up this home, they are tenacious to live here. But the pollution became serious and food was declining, some swans had to eat garbage, which led to the sickness of many swans. When the swans went to the edge of despair, the emergence of a young man awakened the conscience of mankind, changed their fate, and changed the lost paradise as well……2.JigokuhenThe story, set in the Heian period, depicts the conflict between Korean painter Yoshihide and his patron, the cruel and egotistical Hosokawa.The plot of Hell Screen centers on the artist Yoshihide. Yoshihide is considered the greatest painter in the land, and is often commissioned to create works for the Lord of Horikawa, who also employs Yoshihides daughter in his mansion.When Yoshihide is instructed to create a folding screen depicting the Buddhist hell, he proceeds to inflict tortures upon his apprentices, so he can see what he is trying to paint. Supernatural forces seem to be present. one time, Yoshihide speaks in a devilish voice. The story climaxes when Yoshihide asks the lord to burn a beautiful lady in a carriage so he can finish the screen. The lord concedes, but, in a macabre twist, Yoshihide must watch as his daughter and her monkey are the ones who burn.The story ends with the magnificently horrible screen completed.3.I Love Peach BlossomsAt the time of the Tang Dynasty, Feng Yan, a teenager in Yuyang City, committed adultery with Zhang Yings wife. One night, when Zhang Ying returned home drunk, the wife of Zhang hastily hid Feng Yan, but Zhang Ying pressed Feng Yans towel on the chair when he was drunken. And by the time Feng Yan wanted to escape, Zhang Ying beckoned his wife to bring the towel. She quietly came to Zhang Yings side, and at that time the towel was pressed under his body and she had mistaken Feng Yans intention that it was his knife in the waist that he wanted to kill her husband. Then she quietly drew out the knife and handed it to Feng Yan and Feng Yan felt that the woman was ruthless and killed her with it.4.Wang QiA scholar named Wang Qi decides to learn magic arts from Taoist priests on a mountain. One year later when he has made some achievements, he returns home and shows off to his wife. She complaints about his neglect of the family, but he doesnt think so. The reunion of this couple sparks a farce.

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Into the Vast World: A night with Huang Ruo

Huang Ruo:Composer & Conductor Composer Huang Ruo has been lauded by The New York Times for having a distinctive style. His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese ancient and folk music, Western avant-garde, experimental, noise, natural and processed sound, rock, and jazz to create a seamless, organic integration using a compositional technique he calls Dimensionalism. Huang Ruos diverse compositional works span from orchestra, chamber music, opera, theater, and dance, to cross-genre, sound installation, architectural installation, multi-media, experimental improvisation, folk rock, and film. His music has been premiered and performed by the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, etc., and conductors such as Wolfgang Sawallisch, Marin Alsop, Michael Tilson Thomas, and James Conlon. His new opera An American Soldier (with libretto by David Henry Hwang) has recently received its world premiere at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in June 2018, and was named one of the best 10 classical music events in 2018 by The New York Times. His installation opera Paradise Interrupted was premiered at the Spoleto Festival USA in 2015 and was performed at the Lincoln Center Festival in 2016, with future touring planning for Europe and Asia. Another opera, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, was premiered at the Santa Fe Opera in 2014. He served as the first composer-in-residence for Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and will be the visiting composer for the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in Brazil.Huang Ruo was born in Hainan Island, China in 1976. His father, who is also a composer, began teaching him composition and piano when he was six years old. He received both traditional and Western education at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. His education expanded from Bach, Mozart, Stravinsky, and Lutoslawski, to include the Beatles, rock and roll, heavy metal, and jazz. Huang Ruo was able to absorb all of these newly allowed Western influences equally. After winning the Henry Mancini Award at the 1995 International Film and Music Festival in Switzerland, he moved to the United States to further his education. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from the Juilliard School. Huang Ruo is a composition faculty at the Mannes School of Music in NY, and is the artistic director and conductor of Ensemble FIRE. He was selected as a Young Leader Fellow by the National Committee on United States–China Relations in 2006. Huang Ruos music is published by Ricordi. For more information about the composer and his music, please visit: (www.huangruo.com) Conductor:Zhang LiangSoprano:Huang YingMezzo-Soprano:Yang GuangShanghai Philharmonic Orchestra Programme (subject to change):1. Two Pieces for Orchestra 2. Becoming Another3. An American Soldier、Bound4. Shattered steps -Intermission-1. Still / Motion2. An American Soldier、Bound3. Folk songs for orchestra I:Flower Drum Song from Feng YangII:Love Song from Kang DingIII:Little Blue FlowerIV:The Girl from the Da Ban City

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