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Greater China Tour 2012

For three weeks in June 2012 the Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, toured greater China, performing in Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Wuhan, and Guangzhou.

In Taipei, the Orchestra’s performance featured pianists Lina Yeh and Rolf Peter-Wille in the Mozart Concerto in E flat, KV 365, along with the Symphony No. 5 of Gustav Mahler. All other performances of the tour were part of a collaboration with the Bard Music Festival, including a revisiting of “Tchaikovsky and His World,” “Mahler and His World,” and a special illustrated lecture/concert curated by Leon Botstein on the topic “Shanghai Refugees.”

Orchestra Tour Itinerary

Taipei

Thursday, June 7
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall
7:05 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Shawn Moore
7:30 p.m. Performance: Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by
Leon Botstein, music director
  • W. A. Mozart (1756–1791)
    Concerto in E-flat Major for Two Pianos, KV 365 (1779)
    Lina Yeh, piano
    Rolf-Peter Wille, piano
  • Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
    Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor (1901–02)

Hong Kong

Sunday, June 10
Tchaikovsky and His World
Hong Kong Cultural Center
7:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk:
Christopher H. Gibbs (CANCELLED)

7:45 p.m. Performance: Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by
Leon Botstein, music director
  • Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss (1928)
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 (1878)
    Weigang Li, violin
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky
    Symphony in B Minor, Manfred, Op. 58 (1885)

Shanghai

Tuesday, June 12
Tchaikovsky and His World
Lyric Theatre, Shanghai Grand Theatre

6:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Shawn Moore
7:15 p.m. Performance: Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by
Leon Botstein, music director
  • Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss (1928)
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 (1878)
    Weigang Li, violin
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky
    Symphony in B Minor, Manfred, Op. 58 (1885)

Beijing

Saturday, June 16
Tchaikovsky and His World
Concert Hall, National Center for the Performing Arts
7:30 p.m. Performance: Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by
Leon Botstein, music director
  • Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
    Divertimento from The Fairy’s Kiss (1928)
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 (1878)
    Weigang Li, violin
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky
    Symphony in B Minor, Manfred, Op. 58 (1885)

Tianjin

Tuesday, June 19
Mahler and His World
Tianjin Concert Hall
6:45 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Shawn Moore
7:30 p.m. Performance: Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
  • Yiwen Shen (b. 1986)
    The Sorrowful Song of Drunken Exaltation (2012)
  • Charles Ives (1874–1954)
    From A Symphony: New England Holidays (1904–13)
  • Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
    Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor (1901–02)

Guangzhou

Thursday, June 21
Mahler and His World
Guangzhou Opera House
7:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Shawn Moore
8:00 p.m. Performance: Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by
Leon Botstein, music director
  • Yiwen Shen (b. 1986)
    The Sorrowful Song of Drunken Exaltation (2012)
  • Charles Ives (1874–1954)
    From A Symphony: New England Holidays (1904–13)
  • Gustav Mahler (1860–1911) Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor (1901–02)

Wuhan

Friday, June 22
Mahler and His World
Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall
6:45 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Shawn Moore
7:30 p.m. Performance: Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by
Leon Botstein, music director
  • Yiwen Shen (b. 1986)
    The Sorrowful Song of Drunken Exaltation (2012)
  • Charles Ives (1874–1954)
    From A Symphony: New England Holidays (1904–13)
  • Gustav Mahler (1860–1911)
    Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor (1901–02)

Chamber Music Itinerary

Hong Kong

Saturday, June 9
Tchaikovsky's Chamber Music
Loke Yew Hall,
The University of Hong Kong

6:45 p.m. Preconcert Talk:
Hing-yan Chan
7:30 p.m. Performance
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11 (1871)
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky
    String Sextet in D Minor, Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 (1890)

Shanghai

Wednesday, June 13
Shanghai Refugees
Drama Theatre,
Shanghai Grand Theatre

7:30 p.m. Introduction by Guang Pan
Lecture by Leon Botstein
Performance
  • Jacob Avshalomov (b. 1919)
    Evocations (1994)
  • Aaron Avshalomov (1894–1965)
    Sublimation (1949)
    The Willow Branch (1951)
  • Otto Joachim (1910–2010)
    Requiem, for solo violin (1976)
  • Wolfgang Fraenkel (1897–1983)
    Three Impromptus (ca. 1921)
  • Larry Sitsky (b. 1934) Sonata for Solo Flute (1959)

Shanghai

Thursday, June 14
Tchaikovsky and the West
He Luting Hall,
Shanghai Conservatory

7:15 p.m. Preconcert Talk:
Dandan Wang
7:30 p.m. Performance
  • Sergey Taneyev (1856–1915)
    Prelude in F Major (1894–95)
    Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp Minor, Op. 29 (1910)
  • Anton Rubinstein (1829–1894)
    From Ten Songs, Op. 83 (1870)
  • Anton Arensky (1861–1906)
    String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35 (1894)
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    String Sextet in D Minor, “Souvenir de Florence,” Op. 70 (1890)

Beijing

Friday, June 15
Tchaikovsky and the East
Recital Hall,
Central Conservatory of Music

6:45 p.m. Preconcert Talk:
Wenying Li
7:30 p.m. Performance
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)
    Eastern Song, Op. 2, No. 2 (1865)
    Hebrew Song, Op. 7, No. 2 (1865)
    Kingdom, Op. 8, No. 5 (1878)
    The Octave, Op. 45, No. 3, from To the Poet (1897)
    Withered Flower, Op. 51 (1898)
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    Dumka: Russian Village Scene, Op. 59 (1886)
  • Modest Mussorgsky (1839–1881)
    From The Nursery (1868–72)
  • Mily Balakirev (1837–1910)
    Islamey, an Oriental Fantasy (1869, rev. 1902)
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky String Quartet No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11 (1871)

Beijing

Sunday, June 17
Tchaikovsky and the West
Recital Hall,
Central Conservatory of Music

6:45 p.m. Preconcert Talk:
Lijun Wang
7:30 p.m. Performance
  • Sergey Taneyev (1856–1915)
    Prelude in F Major (1894–95)
    Prelude and Fugue in G-sharp Minor, Op. 29 (1910)
  • Anton Rubinstein (1829–1894)
    From Ten Songs, Op. 83 (1870)
  • Anton Arensky (1861–1906)
    String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35 (1894)
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
    String Sextet in D Minor, Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70 (1890)

Panel Discussions Itinerary

Shanghai

Thursday, June 14
Tchaikovsky: Biography and Influence
Small Concert Hall,
Shanghai Conservatory

2:30–4:00 p.m. Christopher H. Gibbs, moderator; Leon Botstein, Daniel K. L. Chua, Yiping Qian, Yandi Yang
 

Beijing

Sunday, June 17
Tchaikovsky: Biography and Influence
Academic Building Auditorium (Room 701), Central Conservatory of Music
4:30–6:00 p.m. Christopher H. Gibbs, moderator; Leon Botstein, Zhigang Yu, Xiaohe Huang, Daniel K. L. Chua