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Ching-Mei Lin – Paean for Warrior and Love
Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 – featuring soloist Karina Tseng
Beethoven – Symphony No. 7, Mvt I
Music expresses the full gamut of the human experience; join the Seattle Festival Orchestra for some of the most triumphant pieces ever written! The concert will start with a bang, featuring the U.S. Premiere of Paean for Warrior and Love by the brilliant Taiwanese composer Ching-Mei Lin. Moving to the old masters, you will hear Beethoven’s glorious Symphony No. 7 in A major. To finish out the concert, the young emerging Taiwanese American pianist Karina Tseng (鄭佳莉) will bring us Rachmaninoff’s powerful Piano Concerto No. 2. With this concert, the orchestra celebrates not only triumphant music, but also some of the great gifts that Taiwan continues to offer classical music.
Paean for Warriors and Love was commissioned by The Council of Indigenous Peoples, Taiwan. The composition’s premise is a traditional song of the Rukai Tribe in Taiwan, The Exploit-Praising Ritual. It depicts various scenes of praise for the achievements of a hunter. Another song of the Rukai, Love Song, is quoted at the end of the composition. Paean for Warriors and Love celebrates the purity of the cycle of struggle, courage, and tenderness. Composer Ching-Mei Lin , who is also an active pianist, organist, improviser and collaborator, is currently an associate professor of music theory and composition at Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan.
Soloist Karina Tseng is a San Francisco Bay Area native currently studying in Rochester, New York at the Eastman School of Music. She has performed alongside orchestras such as the Palo Alto Philharmonic, New Millennium Chamber Orchestra, and the Golden State Youth Symphony, and played in venues including Weill-Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall,Leighton Hall, Merrill Auditorium, and the Mondavi Center. Karina is a top prizewinner of the Kaufman International, Arthur Fraser International, National Young Arts, Pacific Musical Society, Enkor International, Ross McKee, and Junior Steinway competitions, among others. Most recently, she was the youngest finalist at the 2023 Bösendorfer USASU International Competition and the winner of the 2022 Marian Garcia International Competition. More information can be found online at karinatseng.com.
About Seattle Festival Orchestra
Seattle Festival Orchestra is an all-volunteer community orchestra that presents concerts to delight and engage a 21st century audience. With diverse programming, SFO creates space for its audience to experience the catharsis of the wide range of emotions available in orchestra music, to feel with our musicians the joy and sorrow, wonder and ecstasy of our art.
Presented by Seattle Festival Orchestra and the UW Taiwan Studies Arts & Culture Program.
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