For several years American Music Festivals has been exploring Chinese music and collaborating with the Chinese-American community in Chicago. On February 10, our Artist in Residence and Director of Outreach to China and the Far East Gong Qian Yang was honored by an invitation to a reception hosted by the Chinese Consul General at Chicago Symphony Center in celebration of the Chinese New Year. There he met with His Excellency Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to the USA, Deputy Consul General Liu Jun, and Mr. Jeff Alexander, President, Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Yang’s music been performed by the Lincolnwood Chamber Orchestra in concerts in Chicago’s Chinatown and on the 2017-18 International Cultural Exchange Festival in Chicago. The composer’s music is a unique blend of Impressionism, the Chinese folk tradition, and modern Western techniques. He is equally comfortable writing for orchestra and electronic media.
Mr. Yang is well respected for his understanding of introducing Chinese music to the Western world and was featured in a recent article on Xinhuanet. For more information about the composer please visit his website, www.yanggongqian.com.
West Side Story in Minsk, Belarus, May 2013