Upper School Assembly - 5/15/2020
Hello Upper School!! Welcome to our LIVE Upper School Assembly! Today our Assembly will be the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Assembly, moderated and curated by Asia Society:
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebrations
In the Er Hu program performed by YANG Feifei, you will not only hear the traditional Chinese string instruments playing traditional Chinese music, but you will also hear for the first time a special showcase of the Western classical piece: Humoresque from Dvorak. Boldly enough, Feifei will also perform a Billboard Top 1 Pop Music song with this Chinese string instrument for the very first time. Stay tuned for this virtual concert for more surprises!
This piano program features a group of piano compositions by Rachmaninoff, from his Russian heart; and a piece called Pi Huang composed by Chinese composer Zhang Zhao, using the traditional tunes in Beijing Opera, which represents the Chinese culture throughout thousands of years. This is a wonderful combination of Chinese and Western culture by playing the most traditional Chinese music on the western instrument. Let’s hear Wynona’s interpretation of the traditional Chinese music from hundreds of years ago, and Rachmaninoff’s typical Russian music on the European-originated instrument through Wynona’s Chinese heart.
Er Hu & Ban Hu - Yang Feifei:
YANG Feifei is a virtuoso on the Erhu and Banhu, and a vocalist. She is a dual 2017 Global Music Award Winner. Feifei has performed in many settings such as the United Nations, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Barclays Center, Time Square Ball Drop stage, and many others. As a performer, Feifei has released several singles and albums, including Tug of War Dance of the Strings (composer and performer on Banhu, acoustic and electric Erhu); Vermillion Bird (Erhu); Gu•Ran (Erhu), and China Caribe (Jazz Erhu). Her award-winning performance in “Tug of War,” showcased her talents as an actress as well as a singer and Erhu master; the song combines Chinese Erhu and American pop into a unique blend of Chinese and Western music, art and style.
Official Website: https://www.feifei-yang.com/
Piano- Wynona Yinuo Wang:
Wynona (Yinuo) WANG is a concert pianist signed by the Concert Artist Guild in New York. She earned her Performer’s Diploma at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas and now studies with Robert McDonald at The Juilliard School in New York. Born in China, she began playing the piano at age 4 and went to music school at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She was the first prize winners of the Wideman International Piano Competition in Louisiana 2017 and the Concert Artists Guild International Victor Elmaleh Competition in New York 2018. She won the “Charlotte White” Career Grant awarded by New York’s Salon de Virtuosi in 2019. Her important performance appearances include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Da-vid Geffen Hall, Purdue Convocations, and Krannert Center for Performing Arts.
Official Website: https://wynonapiano.com/
Enjoy and thank you for taking the time to be present. Stay healthy and be well.