East Meets West Music Arts Concert Highlights
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#1 In that Distant Realm -- Music of the Silk Road
1994 Concert with Robin Wang (1)
#2 In that Distant Realm --Music of the Silk Road
1994 Concert with Robin Wang (2)
 
#3 Spring Glory and Autumn Fruits --
1995 Concert Highlights
#4 The Half Moon --
1996 Concert Highlights
 
#5 Serenade --
1996-1997 Concert Highlights
#6 Romance L'Image --
1997-1998 Concert Highlights
 
#7 O'America --
1998-2000 Concert Highlights
#8 Longing --
2001-2002 Concert Highlights

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In that Distant Realm
Music of the Silk Road--
1994 Concert with Robin Wang (1)

Dr. Fengshi Yang, music director/conductor

EMW chamber orchestra,
Naperville Chinese Choir with other Chinese choir members from Chicago

This album of two CDs (1 & 2) contains a live performance of EMW’s first concert, which was held at the University of Chicago in June of 1994. Robin Wang, a legendary Chinese folk musician who has collected the Silk Road folk songs from northwest China for all his life (he died at age of 83 in 1996), was invited to perform with EMW at this concert. You will enjoy not only his own singing and narratives, but also about 24 pieces ranging from vocal solo, duo and choral music to instrumental solo and chamber orchestral music. It includes “In that Distant Realm”, “ The Half Moon Rose in the Sky”, “Da-Ban City”, “Mayila” and many other famous folk songs, some of them have been arranged into new forms of music by Fengshi Yang and Cheyo Wang. The program presents a variety of ethnic music from along the ancient Silk Route, which covers from Kazak, Kirghiz, Ozbek, Russian, Uygur, Tate-er to Qinghai mountains of northwest China. This EMW concert was the first Silk Road Music Concert ever presented emphasizing the phenomena of “East Meets West” in the United States.

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In that Distant Realm
Music of the Silk Road--
1994 Concert with Robin Wang (2)

Dr. Fengshi Yang, music director/conductor

EMW chamber orchestra,
Naperville Chinese Choir with other Chinese choir members from Chicago

This album of two CDs (1 & 2) contains a live performance of EMW’s first concert, which was held at the University of Chicago in June of 1994. Robin Wang, a legendary Chinese folk musician who has collected the Silk Road folk songs from northwest China for all his life (he died at age of 83 in 1996), was invited to perform with EMW at this concert. You will enjoy not only his own singing and narratives, but also about 24 pieces ranging from vocal solo, duo and choral music to instrumental solo and chamber orchestral music. It includes “In that Distant Realm”, “ The Half Moon Rose in the Sky”, “Da-Ban City”, “Mayila” and many other famous folk songs, some of them have been arranged into new forms of music by Fengshi Yang and Cheyo Wang. The program presents a variety of ethnic music from along the ancient Silk Route, which covers from Kazak, Kirghiz, Ozbek, Russian, Uygur, Tate-er to Qinghai mountains of northwest China. This EMW concert was the first Silk Road Music Concert ever presented emphasizing the phenomena of “East Meets West” in the United States.

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Spring Glory and Autumn Fruits--
1995 Concert Highlights

Dr. Fengshi Yang, music director

EMW ensemble

This album contains a live performance of EMW’s 1995 concert, which was held at North Central College in Naperville, EMW’s hometown. The program includes both Chinese and Western music for voices and instruments, such as “Serene Evening” for erhu (two-stringed fiddle), “Tiutiu Tung” for yangqin (dulcimer) “Chanter’s Tune” for double harp and “Banjo and Fiddle” for violin etc. It was truly another wonderful program of “East Meets West”. Liz Cifani, harpist from the Chicago Lyric Opera was our honored guest soloist.

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The Half Moon--
1996 Concert Highlights

Dr. Fengshi Yang, music director/conductor

EMW chamber orchestra,
Naperville Chinese Choir,
Naperville Chamber Singers

This album contains a live performance of EMW’s two concerts in 1996, one at North Central College and one at Park Ridge in memory of Robin Wang. This highlight presents vocal music of Silk Road including solo, duo and mixed chorus in a cappella or with string orchestra. It was the first time we invited the Naperville chorus to sing with us, and it was the first time they learned to sing in Chinese. The music includes “Under the Silver Moonlight”, “Kangtin Love Song” and Fengshi Yang’s “ The Half Moon” for chorus with lyrics written by Robin Wang. Carol Loverde was our special guest soloist.

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Serenade--
1996-1997 Concert Highlights

Dr. Fengshi Yang, music director/conductor

EMW chamber orchestra

This album contains a live performance of EMW’s concerts in 1996 and 1997 at North Central College. The program includes music for soprano, Chinese bamboo flute and string orchestra. Several new pieces, such as “Dance of Golden Dragons”, “Serenade” and “Loving Thoughts” composed by Fengshi Yang and Cheyo Wang were premiered.

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Romance L’Image--
1997-1998 Concert Highlights

Dr. Fengshi Yang, music director/conductor

EMW chamber orchestra

This album contains a live performance of EMW’s concerts between 1997 and 1998 at North Central College and Chicago Public Library. The program includes Chinese traditional and modern music for zheng (Chinese zither), piano, bass, vocal duo as well as Fengshi Yang’s clarinet concerto and Cheyo Wang’s erhu (two-stringed fiddle) and orchestral version of “Moonlight Mirrored in the Twin Springs”. Our honored guest artists were John Bruce Yeh of Chicago Symphony Orchestra Assistant Principal Clarinetist, Ke-Zheng Wen, Chinese renowned bass vocalist.

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O'America--
1998-2000 Concert Highlights

Dr. Fengshi Yang, music director/conductor

EMW chamber orchestra
This album contains a live performance of EMW’s concerts between 1998 and 2000 at North Central College. It is again a combination of East and West music which including Bartok’s “ Rumanian folk Dance from Hungary”, Ravel’s “Tzigane Rhapsody”, and Copland’s “Three Latin American Sketches”, French composer Milhaud’s music for alto saxophone, as well as Cheyo’s pipa (lute) concerto, “Dance of Golden Dragons”, Fengshi Yang’s cello concerto, “Ballade”, and her breathtaking arrangement of “God Bless America-America, the beautiful”. Our special guest cellist was Gary Stucka of Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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Longing--
2001-2002 Concert Highlights

Dr. Fengshi Yang, music director/conductor

EMW chamber orchestra,
Naperville Chinese Choir,
Napervill Chabmer Singers
This album contains a live performance of EMW’s concerts between 2001 and 2002 at The University of Chicago and North Central College. It presents folk music featuring non-western traditional instruments such as pipa and yuan (lutes), erhu and gaohu (two-stringed fiddles), zheng (zither), dizi (bamboo flute) and konghou (harp). In addition, Fengshi Yang’s chamber music, “Loving Soul” was dedicated in honor of September 11 victims, most specifically Dan Shanower of Naperville.

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