Serena Wang piano
Xiaoshuijing Farmers' Choir
The Philharmonia and conductor Long Yu's Chinese New Year Celebration concert returns to mark the Year of the Dog. This year we welcome a choir from a small village in China's Yunnan Province to sing Beethoven's Choral Fantasy and a selection of Chinese folk songs.
The Xiaoshuijing Farmers' Choir was formed in the 1930s and the tradition of choral singing has been passed down through generations since. The choir are famous throughout China for singing both traditional Chinese folk songs and Western choral works.
13-year-old Chinese virtuoso Serena Wang is the soloist in Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto, and also plays in the Choral Fantasy. Li's popular Festival Overture opens the programme.
LI Spring Festival Overture
MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 1
TRADITIONAL Four Yunnan folk songs
BEETHOVEN Choral Fantasy
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