Last night we went to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's The Year of the Sheep: A Chinese New Year Celebration. Long Yu conducted and we had performances by:
Lang Lang - Piano
Lei Jia - Folk Singer
Johnson Li - Piano
Coco Ma - Piano
Yao Guang Zhai - Clarinet
Teng Li - Viola
Our narrator and host was Mark Rowswell.
Our tickets said that the concert was going to be at 7pm so we got there around 6:30 but the doors weren't open. On our program it said the concert was at 7:30.
In the lobby, they had a lion dance. Last year the lions chased me. lol
They played the piece that I loved from last year, "Spring Festival Overture" by Li Huanzhi. It was wonderful.
Yao Guang Zhai and Teng Li were excellent in the Concerto for Clarinet and Viola, Op 88 by Max Bruch. They are both members of the TSO and it was nice being able to see them perform solos. They are so talented!
The Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens was different from the last time that I saw it. The pianists were 11 year old Johnson Li from Hong Kong and 14 year old Coco Ma who studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music. The narration was in Chinese but it probably wouldn't have worked in English so they put English verses in our programs.
I loved the Folk Singer - Lei Jia. She performed "The Village of Sanshillipu" and "In Praise of Cattle." She also did a traditional Hunan Folk Song with Lang Lang.