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Chinese Gardens Chamber Music Festival


Chinese Gardens Chamber Music Festival

  • Date: Sunday, 8 February 2009, 7pm (pre-concert talk 6:30pm)
  • Venue: Chinese Garden of Friendship — Darling Harbour, Pier St, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: $85/$65 (day ticket, includes a Chinese meal) — Tickets can be purchased by phone on (02) 1800 688 482

Event Details

The Chinese Chamber Music Festival (5-8 February 2008) is presented in association with Musica Viva Australia, the Sydney City Council and The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and is the first Chinese Music Festival ever held in Australia. Australian composer John Z Huie has been appointed the Artistic Director and has returned to Australia after 18 years living and working in China to bring together musicians from both China and Australia.

Highlights from the Festival include the brilliant young guzheng virtuoso, Fang Yu, principal of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, pianists Kristian Chong, Michael Kieran Harvey and Brenda Jones. Australian based Chinese instrumentalists Wang Zheng Ting (sheng) and Changning Chai (dizi) will be giving fascinating pre-concert talks on Chinese music and instruments. Performances by The Chinese Australian Chamber Ensemble will include Lulu Liu (pipa), Ying Liu (erhu), Jin Feng (yang qin) and Tony Wheeler, one of the very few Australians who has mastered the zhong ruan and guqin. Pianist Julie Symonds will enhance the festival with her modern interpretation of traditional Chinese works.

Karak Percussion and Claire Edwards will play modern Chinese percussion works including the premiere of John Z Huie’s new work, conducted by Max Liu, with Sun Yi, Jason Tong, Jeremy Williams, Patrick Murphy and champion of the double bass, Kees Boersma.

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 9518 4451

Featured Australian Works

Rabbit on a Shovel (2007) by John Z Huie — World premiere
— performed by Kees Boersma, Claire Edwardes and Max Liu

Featured artists

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