Wu Wei, sheng
JUKKA TIENSUU Hehkuu for sheng and ensemble UK premiere
GUOPING JIA The Wind Sounds in the Sky for sheng, cello & percussion
ONDREJ ADÁMEK Lost Prayer Book for sheng and ensemble UK premiere
An ancient Chinese musical instrument is put in new musical contexts in this fascinating programme for sheng and orchestral ensemble.
Virtuoso Wu Wei has made the Sheng - an ancient Chinese wind instrument - into an innovative force in contemporary music that crosses traditional genre boundaries. In this special Music of Today performance in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, he performs three contrasting works for sheng and orchestral ensemble with the Philharmonia.
Finnish composer Jukka Tiensuu's Hehkuu exploits the different properties of the sheng all the way from shimmering sonorities to high voltage rhythms; Guoping Jia's The Wind Sounds in the Sky fuses traditional Chinese music with elements of Western classical composition.
The programme culminates with a new piece for sheng and ensemble by Czech composer Ondrej Adámek, whose music was described by Ivan Hewett in The Telegraph as "sharp, brilliant". Adamek's highly theatrical music and innovative musical language will create new an entirely new context for sheng and orchestral ensemble.
Ondrej Adámek's New work for sheng and ensemble is jointly commissioned by Philharmonia Orchestra, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble 2e2m, Asko Ensemble.
The Philharmonia Orchestra is a world-class symphony orchestra for the 21st century, led by Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen.
The Orchestra's home is Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London, where it presents over 50 performances each year. Six other residencies across the UK bring the Philharmonia to a wide national audience. Internationally, the Philharmonia is active across Europe, Asia and the USA.
The Philharmonia was founded in 1945. It has been self-governing since 1964 and is owned by its 80 members. Salonen has been Principal Conductor since 2008. Jakub Hrusa and Santtu-Matias Rouvali are Principal Guest Conductors and honorary conductor positions are held by Christoph von Dohnányi and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
The Queen Elizabeth Hall is the second largest concert hall on Southbank Centre site, hosting chamber orchestras, quartets, choirs, dance performances and opera. As well as the main concert hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall also contains two smaller venues, the Purcell Room and The Front Room at the QEH. Festival Village is located on the ground level of Queen Elizabeth Hall, underneath the foyer entrance and the Roof Garden on the top of the venue.www.southbankcentre.co.uk
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St John's Smith Square
Date: 17 Apr Time: 19:30