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Concert to adapt Chinese folk songs
By Zhang Qian

Audiences can enjoy programs of trio, quartet, quintet and sestet within one single concert this weekend as music professors from Texas Christian University bring a concert to Shanghai.

The TCU Chamber Orchestra, composed of music performers and educators from the United States, will bring their fourth annual concert to Shanghai tomorrow.

The lineup this year will include violinist Michael Shih, violist Misha Galaganov, cellist Jesus Castro-Balbi, bass player Lu Yuanxiong, clarinetist Gary Whitman and pianist Jose Feghali. They will present different types of chamber music on the stage of Shanghai Oriental Art Center.

The programs will include Crusell’s “Quartet No. 1 in E flat Major,” Mozart’s “Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E-flat Major” and Schubert’s “The Trout Quintet in A Major,” and two sestettos adapted from the Chinese folk song “Ye Shanghai” (“Shanghai Night”) and “Tianya Genu” (“Traveling Singer In Pursuit of Love”).

The orchestra prepared the adaptation of Chinese folk songs as a New Year’s gift to Shanghai audiences, according to cellist Lu Yuanxiong, who has organized all the TCU concerts in Shanghai. He is a Shanghai native who moved to the US in 1985.

“It impressed me every time when I returned to my hometown and saw new changes,” said Lu, “And I wanted the beauty of modern Shanghai to be presented by modern orchestration.”

Composer Blaise Ferrandino fell in love with the beautiful melody of “Tianya Genu” the first time he heard it on Lu’s recommendation.

To better understand the song before making any new arrangement, Ferrandino spent the time to learn some Chinese culture and Chinese music.

“I found some very interesting characteristics among Chinese pop and folk songs, and I will bring it to my new arrangement,” said Ferrandino.

The main melody of “Tianya Genu” will be easily recognizable in the new piece, yet the adaptation will be very different from what Chinese audiences are familiar with.


Date: Tomorrow, 7:30pm

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center

Address: 425 Dingxiang Rd

Tickets: 80-180 yuan

Tel: 6217-2426, 6217-3055

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