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Guqin and Piano Evening - a unique fusion of tea, Chinese and European music

Wednesday May 30, 2018 at 19:30
Cabaret Theatre, Hippodrome Casino, London
£20, cocessions £15
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Guqin and Piano Evening

Cheng Yu and An-Ting Chang - a unique fusion of tea, whisky, Chinese and European music

Experience a unique and mesmerising one-off evening blending music from China and Europe with a tasting of some of China’s finest teas and award winning whisky from Taiwan. Guests will have the opportunity to taste a selection of remarkable teas and whiskies paired with each piece of expertly performed music. Hosted in the glamorous Cabaret Theatre of the Hippodrome Casino in Chinatown, the performance is set to be a feast for all the senses.

Cheng Yu is one of the world’s foremost players of the guqin and pipa, traditional Chinese stringed instruments. Together Cheng Yu and concert pianist An-Ting Chang will weave their performances into an inspiring whole, responding to the forms inherent in each tradition. Teas and whiskies to enjoy during each piece will be selected and provided by Jing tea and Taiwan’s foremost distillery, Kavalan.

Performance duration: 2 hours including an interval

The programme includes:

Xilutang Qintong score: Joy of God and Man
Daquin: Le coucou
Saint-Saens: Aviary
Guyin Zhengzong score: Wild geese descending on the sandy beach
Liszt: Les jeux d'eaux à la villa d'Este
Shenqi Mipu score: Flowing water
For whom the bell tolls - Guqin duo by Chang and Cheng

Reviews for Cheng Yu

“… amazing timbres and playing techniques… evokes all the nuances of human emotions…”’ – Ethnotempos, France
“It’s a great privilege to work with Cheng Yu and her Silk String Quartet… absolutely amazing musicians…” – Lang Lang BBC interview at LSO April 2009
“incredible dexterity… intriguing music that touches you…” – Songlines

Reviews for An-Ting Chang:
‘poignant and beautiful.’ – Martin Cullingford, Gramophone
‘strikingly innovative’ – Michael White, The Telegraph
‘a distinguished artiste’ – John Jackwoods, Bristol Post (9/10)
‘Not only did we learn so much about the pieces, but we were enveloped in her infectious enthusiasm’– Christopher Rogers, Marlborough News
‘An-Ting Chang seems to be endlessly creative.’ – Luch Càise-Dearg, Classical Journey Phonic

Cabaret Theatre, Hippodrome Casino
Cranbourn Street
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