The Seattle Symphony will be showcasing the fourth annual Celebrate Asia, which is a program that explores new and traditional music of Asian countries including China, India, Korea, Thailand, Japan, and The Philippines alongside staples of the Western classical repertoire. This concept, in partnership with various local community groups, originated in 2008 when local Asian leaders hoped to strengthen bonds with the broader community through an enriching celebration. Celebrate Asia is currently one of the rare instances where you can hear combinations such as traditional Korean songs and Stravinsky on the same bill—it is a musical, soulful, and cultural bridge between Seattle’s Asian community and the rest of the city. This concert honors the rich Asian heritage and cultural by engaging Asians in a greater awareness of the classical arts within Seattle’s numerous Asian communities while raising awareness of Eastern cultures for a Western audience.
When my dear friend Julie Pham says," you have to be there!" I listen. Julie is always in the know. Young and hip to the Seattle scene, Julie lives the urban lifestyle and promotes it. As Managing Editor & Co-Owner of The Vietnamese News, Julie works tirelessly to re-energize and stimulate commerce in our City. Most recently Julie has been recognized for her efforts in the Martin Luther King Corridor. A trained historian, with a Ph.D. from Cambridge, Julie is wicked smart and very mindful of her associations and causes she endorses. Please join Julie, myself, and others Friday evening, February 24th, 7:30 PM as the Seattle Symphony’s performance of Celebrate Asia brings the East and West together on the same stage at Benaroya Hall. I know it will be a culturally diverse and uplifting evening so I hope to see you there!
One of many compositions that we can anticipate being performed by the Seattle Symphony includes the winning piece of the second annual Celebrate Asia Composition Competition. The Seattle Symphony will be performing Yuanyuan (Kay) He’s winning number called the Legends of Old Peking as well as Zhou Long’s pipa concerto.