Rhythms of China at Millennium Park


Chicago, IL — The Chinese Fine Arts Society will present a spectacular, star-studded, and colorful free summertime concert at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Monday, August 26, 2013 at 6:30 pm. Millennium Park is located at 201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave. in Chicago. For more information, call 312.742.1168 or visit www.MillenniumPark.org.

RHYTHMS OF CHINA will explore the world of Chinese music in a program of pulsating and percussive traditional and contemporary chamber music for Western and Chinese instruments. Featuring works by esteemed composers Chen Yi, Vivian Fung, Lei Liang, Lu Pei as well as CFAS’s Migratory Journeys International Composition Competition winner Daniel Lo, the concert will include performances by Chicago favorites including Third Coast Percussion, Rachel Barton Pine (violin), MingHuan Xu (violin), Winston Choi (piano), Eugenia Moliner (flute), Jeremy Attanaseo (bass), and Lyric Opera’s Emanuele Andrizzi (conductor). Traditional Chinese instrumentalists include Betti Xiang (erhu), Yihan Chen (pipa), and Hong-Da Chin (dizi). The Cheng Da Drum Team will open and close the concert.


Performed by Third Coast Percussion and MingHuan Xu

MIDWEST PREMIERE: Night Impressions, by Vivian Fung
Performed by Hong Da Chin, Chen Yihan, Third Coast Percussion, Betti Xiang, and conductor Emmanuele Andrizzi

Man Jiang Hong: Legend of a Chinese Hero, by Lu Pei
Performed by Rachel Barton Pine and Winston Choi

Lakescape II, by Lei Liang
Performed by Third Coast Percussion

US PREMIERE: 3 Humoresques, by Yang Bao Zhi
Performed  by MingHuan Xu and Rachel Barton Pine

Duet for Erhu and Violin, by Conrad Tao
Performed by Rachel Barton Pine and Betti Xiang

Sojourner’s Song, by Daniel Lo
Performed by Chen Yihan, Winston Choi, Eugenia Moliner, Jeremy Attanaseo, and Third Coast Percussion


“We’re excited to bring this rich, rhythmic, and predominantly new Chinese music to the entire city of Chicago in this gorgeous setting,” says CFAS board president Julie Tao Ma. “The featured artists – including Rachel Barton Fine and Third Coast Percussion – represent Chicago’s best and brightest, and we think audiences will love what they hear.” Since 1984, the Chinese Fine Arts Society, a small, fully-independent arts organization has brought together people from diverse backgrounds over a common goal: to celebrate the beauty and majesty of traditional and contemporary Chinese music and art. CFAS is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of Chinese culture, enhancing cultural exchange and pursuing excellence in Chinese music, dance and visual arts. For further information about the Chinese Fine Arts Society contact 312-369-3197 or [email protected] and visit www.chinesefinearts.org.