Location: Main Theatre
As universal as music is, it seems like second nature to Tchaikovsky Competition winner Haik Kazazyan when he conveys the beauty of the Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto, one of the most renowned orchestra works of 20th-century Chinese music, as well as violin pieces by contemporary Chinese composers Phil Young and Jeffrey Gao.
Kazazyan is scheduled to perform at Chinese Composers' Night, starting 7 pm Nov 18 at Trianon Theatre at 72 North 5th Street in San Jose, with a red carpet rolled out and wines in the concessions menu.
The classy but affordable concert, organized and mainly sponsored by the Tsen-min Lee Memorial Foundation, features three internationally recognized Chinese composers. Among them, Phil Young studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and won Global Music Awards. Jeffrey Gao, currently managing director at Seagate Technology, also holds a Master's degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and has his works performed at prestigious venues in China and the US.
The third composer, Alexander Wong, actively composes for film, television and multimedia with projects spanning San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Beijing, Shanghai, and Taipei.
Yvonne Liu, CEO of the Tsen-min Lee Memorial Foundation, said the charity concert, proceeds from which will all be donated to the American Cancer Society, is meant to honor the contribution of composers.
“Composers are unsung heroes,” Liu said. “There wouldn't music without them, but they are behind the scenes and people don't notice them. That's why I decided to put them in the spotlight at Chinese Composers' Night.”
The three composers' works presented at the concert will include some never-heard-before pieces. In addition to Kazazyan's violin renditions, there will be orchestral and vocal works ranging from traditional Chinese style to Hollywood style, performed by other award-winning musicians.