BELLEVUE CHILDREN’S ACADEMY CHOIR
KINNALY Lao Music and Dance Troupe
KAROUN DANCE ENSEMBLE Persian
NORTHWEST KUNG FU & FITNESS LION DANCERS
The Seattle Symphony’s annual Celebrate Asia concert is a rare opportunity to revel in the rich musical traditions of Seattle’s Asian communities. This year's concert features Xiaogang Ye’s Starry Sky for Piano and Orchestra which premiered at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Plus, community choruses perform popular Asian folk songs including Jasmine Flower and Arirang.
CHIKIRI AND THE SCHOOL OF TAIKO DRUMMING
RHYTHMS OF INDIA Bhangra/Bollywood Dancing
Jindong Cai has held positions as assistant conductor with the Cincinnati Symphony and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, working closely with conductors Jésus López-Cobos, Erich Kunzel and Keith Lockhart. He has received much critical acclaim for his orchestral and opera performances.
Hailed as “among the most gifted musicians of his generation” by the Washington Post, pianist Charlie Albright has been praised for his “jaw-dropping technique and virtuosity meshed with a distinctive musicality” by The New York Times.
Anjali is a solo Santoor artist from Seattle. She runs a Music School where students learn Indian music on various instruments and accompanies vocal & tabla artists.
Murl Allen Sanders is a musician, composer, teacher and recording artist who has been active in the Seattle area music scene and across the United States, Canada, England, Brazil and Japan.
Yayu Khoe, coloratura soprano; artistic director and conductor of the Seattle Chinese Chorus, the Arizona Chinese Chorus, and the Ode To Peace diversity project with the City of Chandler, AZ, is also the conductor of the Seattle Chinese Arts Group in Washington. In addition Khoe is the president of the American Chinese Arts & Culture Exchange Association ACACX.
Soprano, Yujin Kim is a district Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, the first-place winner-PAFE (Performing Arts Festival of the Eastside), the winner of Marie Levine Scholarship Competition, and the first winner of the Civic Opera Competition.
Korean Music Association’s Evergreen Chorus was founded in 1988 with the spirit of connecting people in the neighborhood and spreading love with music.
Seattle Chinese Chorus ("SCC") is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association registered in the state of Washington with about 70 members from the Greater Seattle area.
The Seattle Symphony is one of America’s leading symphony orchestras and is internationally acclaimed for its innovative programming and extensive recording history.
Bellevue Children’s Academy and Willows Preparatory School provide private education on the Eastside to over 700 students. Founded in 2000, they have become well-known for their academic excellence and enriching programs. They value music and art education that inspires children to explore the cultural connections of the world and to become global citizens.
The Kinnaly Lao Traditional Music & Dance Troupe, a non-profit program of Lao Heritage Foundation Pacific Northwest Chapter (LHF), based in Seattle, Washington, is comprised of over 60 second-generation Lao American youth (the youngest is 4-years-old, and some have been dancing and performing for over 15 years) who come together to learn, preserve, promote, and share the art of Lao traditional music and dances in all its rigorous training and original choreography.
Karoun Dance Ensemble focuses on presenting traditional and creative dance styles from Persian, Central Asian and Arab cultures. We have a variety of dance backgrounds, but share a love of the traditional dances from Persian language-speaking countries for their unique and subtle beauty of music and movement. We specialize in dances from the various ethnic groups and styles from the countries of Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Karoun Dance Ensemble is currently a group of American and Iranian-American dancers.
Master David Leong’s NW Kung Fu and Fitness, Seattle’s premiere Kung Fu and Lion Dance Team offers traditional martial arts instruction and proudly demonstrates the centuries old Lion and Dragon dance skills based on kung fu techniques. They look forward to performing again for Celebrate Asia audiences tonight!
The School of TAIKO provides Taiko drumming programs in Seattle and Bellevue. The Taiko professional group CHIKIRI includes Ringtaro, Asako and Sohshun Tateishi. Artistic Director Ringtaro has performed over 1,000 times in 26 countries including four times at Carnegie Hall.
Rhythms of India Dance School has been teaching Bollywood and Bhangra dances since 2001 in multiple locations in the Seattle metro area. The dancers enjoy sharing the rich and vibrant culture of Bollywood through the movie dances, and Bhangra through the folk dances of Punjab and other surrounding states of Northern India.
Overture to The King and I
In Hutongs of Peking
Bai Chuan Fu Hai (World Premiere)
Fantasia for Santoor and Accordion (World Premiere)
Passacaglia: Secret of Wind and Birds
In Fields Of Hope
Mo Li Hua (”Jasmine Flower“)
Celebrate Asia is presented as part of the Seattle Symphony’s New Music WORKS initiative, which is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. New Music WORKS features commissions, concerts and educational activities that use composition as a catalyst for collaboration and engagement in music.