China NCPA Chorus

Date:2019-02-18      Source:National Centre for the Performing Arts

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  • China NCPA Chorus
  • China NCPA Chorus

Venue: Multi-functional Theatre
Dates: February 22-23, 2019

Programme

Feburary 22nd

Mixed Chorus
Sani Folk Song
Arr.: MAI Zhiceng
Please Stay! Guest From Afar

Composer: GUO Song
Arr.: QU Xi’xian
Chanty of Ussuri River

Uzbek Folk Song
Notation and Lyrics: WANG Luobin
Lift Your Veil

Female Solo
Lyrics: QU Cong
Composer: ZHENG Qiufeng
I Love You, China

Kazak Folk Song
Arr.: HU Tingjiang
Mayila Variations

Male Chorus
Lyrics & Composer: GAO Xiaosong
Arr.: JIN Wei
My Classmate

Lyrics & Composer: Tan Kheng Seong (Aniu)
Arr.: CUI Wei
Hey Girl Look This Way

Mixed Chorus
Lyrics: XU Zhimo
Composer: ZHOU Xinquan
The Happiness of Snowflake

Lyrics: Cheng Kwok Kong
Composer: Joseph Koo
Pearl of the Orient

Lyrics: Xiaoxuan
Composer: TAN Jianchang
Orch.: GAO Weichun
Cloud in My Hometown

——Intermission——

Mixed Chorus
British Folk Song
Arr.: Bob Chilcott
Green Sleeves

Lyrics & Composer: Stephen Foster
Arr.: Shuichi Tsugawa
Translation and Orchestration: MA Yongtian
Beautiful Dreamer

An excerpt from musical drama The Sound of Music
Edelweiss

Female Chorus
Composer: John Rutter
For the Beauty of the Earth

Composer: Mendelssohn
Arr.: YANG Hongnian
Auf Flügeln des Gesanges

Mixed Chorus
Lyrics: Hans Leip
Composer: Norbert Schultze
Lilli Marleen

An excerpt from the film The Lion King
Composer: Elton John
Can You Feel the Love Tonight

Lyrics: Brendan Graham
Composer: Rolf Lovland
You Raise Me Up

An excerpt of the film Sister Act
I Will Follow Him

Feburary 23rd

Mixed Chorus
Sani Folk Song
Arr.: MAI Zhiceng
Please Stay! Guest From Afar

Composer: GUO Song
Arr.: QU Xi’xian
Chanty of Ussuri River

Uzbek Folk Song
Notation and Lyrics: WANG Luobin
Lift Your Veil

Female Solo
Lyrics: QU Cong
Composer: ZHENG Qiufeng
I Love You, China

Kazak Folk Song
Arr.: HU Tingjiang
Mayila Variations

Male Chorus
Lyrics & Composer: GAO Xiaosong
Arr.: JIN Wei
My Classmate

Lyrics & Composer: Tan Kheng Seong (Aniu)
Arr.: CUI Wei
Hey Girl Look This Way

Mixed Chorus
Lyrics: CHEN Lo-Jung
Composer: Lauwell Lau
Arr.: JIN Wei
Looking Back Again

Lyrics & Composer: Tayu Lo
Arr.: Chan Gwok Gwong
Accompaniment: HUANG Huailang
Pearl of the Orient

Lyrics: Xiaoxuan
Composer: TAN Jianchang
Orch.: GAO Weichun
Cloud in My Hometown

——Intermission——

Lyrics: Lumang
Composer: LÜ Qiming
Orch.: JIN Wei
Playing My Beloved Pipa

Lyrics: Bayin Jirigela
Composer: Enkhbayar
Joyful Naadam Fair

Female Chorus
Lyrics: MA Jinxing
Composer: LÜ Yuan
Arr.: LIU Xiaoyang
Bubbling Spring

Lyrics: WU Guoping
Composer: LU Zaiyi
Vineyard Nocturne

Lyrics: LIU Xue’an
Composer: HUANG Zi
Looking for Plum Flowers in the Snow

Mixed Chorus
Lyrics: Vincent Fang
Composer: Jay Chou
Arr.: JIN Wei
Chrysanthemums Terrace (Adapted by JIN Wei)

Lyrics: LI Jian
Arr.: LI Yuhan
Baikal Lake

Lyrics: CHEN Xi
Composer: DONG Dongdong
Where Does the Time Go

Lyrics: CHEN Zhe, YING Jie
Composer: MENG Weidong
The Same Song

Conductor

JIAO Miao

JIAO Miao is currently the resident conductor of the NCPA Chorus and conductor of the NCPA Youth Chamber Chorus. Graduating from the Conducting Department of China Conservatory of Music, JIAO pursued studies with Chinese conductor WU Lingfen and was trained by conductor YAN Liangkun. In 2014-2015, she was invited as an exchange visitor to the Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California and Los Angeles Opera.

JIAO Miao has served as the chorus master in many Chinese and foreign operas produced by the NCPA, such as Xishi, Carmen, La Traviata, Turandot, Tosca, The Chinese Orphan, The Red Guards on Honghu Lake, A Village Teacher, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, The Dawns Here Are Quite, Visitors on the Snow Mountain, Rickshaw Boy, etc. She has participated in the choir rehearsals for many concerts, in including the choir rehearsal of Verdi’s Requiem cwith Myun-wun Chung at the NCPA, as well as that of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor in the cooperative performance of the NCPA Chorus and Philadelphia Orchestra. He has also accumulated rich experiences in the interpretation of chorus works of songs including directing the performance by the NCPA Chorus of the Acappella piece Echo of Heaven and Earth created by composer GUO Wenjing and publishing a CD, directing the symphony chorus work Jiang Tcheng Tse created by composer CHEN Qigang. In recent years, she has served as chorus master for “Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” concert in the Opening Ceremony of the G20 Summit Forum and “Millennial Road—Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation”.

She has participated in hundreds of NCPA Chorus public performances and art popularization and educational activities hosted by the NCPA, and has hosted a series of chorus art salons with rich contents and various forms.

Presenter

China NCPA Chorus

China NCPA Chorus is the resident chorus of National Centre for the Performing Arts.

China NCPA Chorus was established on December 8th, 2009. WU Lingfen, the famous conductor in China, serves as its chorus master. As the professional performing group that belongs to the highest palace of performing arts in China, the chorus adheres to the NCPA's guiding principle of "for the people, for art, for the world" and is recognized as a vigorous professional chorus with infinite potential.

During the process of its growth in the past eight years, names of many most outstanding artistic masters in today's world have been observed, including famous directors Francesca Zambello, Giancarlo del Monaco, Hugo de Ana, CHEN Xinyi, CAO Qijing, LIAO Xianghong, YI Liming, LI Liuyi and TIAN Qinxin; famous conductors Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Daniel Oren, Myung-whun Chung, Jaap van Zweden, Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, YAN Liangkun, YANG Hongnian, LÜ Jia, ZHANG Guoyong, LI Xincao, ZHENG Jian and YANG Li; famous singers Plácido Domingo, Leo Nucci, Inva Mula, Juan Pons, Brandon Jovanovich, Francesco Meli, YAN Weiwen, DAI Yuqiang, WEI Song, Warren Mok, YUAN Chenye, LIAO Changyong, ZHANG Yalun, ZHANG Liping, Dilbèr, SUN Xiuwei, HE Hui, YANG Guang and Liang LI. The masters have given high appraisals to the chorus. The world famous tenor Domingo said, "I am honoured to cooperate with these gifted young artists"; the late conductor Lorin Maazel said, "It is a Chorus of passion"; conductor Daniel Oren, who was excited after rehearsal, said, "This is the chorus that has the best sound I have ever heard. Young as they are, they are better than many of the choruses in Europe"; conductor Antonio Pappano said, "This is a youthful and passionate chorus that has been well-trained to sound wonderful and harmonious."

As one of China's leading choruses both in the orchestra pit and concert hall, the NCPA Chorus brings to life fresh and vivid operatic characters one after another with their lavishly expressive singing and passionate theatrical performance, playing an active role in pushing forward the artistic production of National Centre for the Performing Arts. Since its establishment, it has participated in more than 50 operas by NCPA such as opera commissions Xishi, A Village Teacher, The Chinese Orphan, The Beautiful Blue Danube, The Ballad of Canal, Rickshaw Boy, Visitors on the Snow Mountain, Sunrise, The Dawns Here Are Quiet, FANG Zhimin, The Long March, Jinsha River, LAN Huahua and Effendi, and Chinese and foreign classic operas such as The White-Haired Girl, The Red Guards on Honghu Lake, Turandot, Carmen, La Traviata, L'Elisir d'Amore, Tosca, Die Fledermaus, Der Fliegende Holländer, Un Ballo in Maschera, Lohengrin, Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Otello, Nabucco, Le Nozze di Figaro, L'Italiana in Algeri, Il Trovatore, Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci, Norma, Don Pasquale, Aida, Rigoletto, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Eugene Onegin, Andrea Chenier, Der Rosenkavalier, Simon Boccanegra, Samson et Dalilah, La Gioconda, Tannhäuser, Macbeth, Rusalka, Lucia di Lammermoor, Tristan und Isolde and Falstaff. Its artistic attainments have won favourable comments from the insiders and audiences.

Apart from operas, the chorus has also planned and performed in many large-scale vocal works and theme concerts including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Mahler's Second, Third and Eighth Symphonies, Verdi's Requiem, and Concert to Commemorate the 110th Anniversary of HUANG Zi's Birth, the opera concerts such as William Tell, Don Juan and many state-level performances including large-scale music and dance epic Road to Rejuvenation, Victory and Peace – Evening Gala to Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of the World Anti-fascist War and the Counter-Japanese War of the Chinese People, Evening Gala for the G20 Hangzhou Summit, the Gala Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Victory of the Long March and the Gala "Millennial Road" for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. The chorus makes more audiences to understand more of its charm and the artistic spirit of its unremitting efforts.

As the singing envoy of zeitgeist, the chorus has paid much attention to fostering the audience, supporting and participating in the artistic education and popularization activities of the NCPA. It plans and participates in the NCPA's Weekend Concert series, Classic Art Lectures series, and appears in more than 40 public benefit events held in schools, communities, enterprises, military camps and hospitals every year to help popularize elegant art, so as to improve people's aesthetic tastes. Meanwhile, the chorus commits itself to introducing the NCPA's artistic productions and outstanding classic works to audiences at home and abroad. It participated in the tour of the NCPA's opera Visitors on the Snow Mountain in seven provinces and municipalities across China, opera commission FANG Zhimin's tour in Jiangxi Province, opera The Long March’s tour in Nanjing as part of the 3rd China Opera Festival and has visited foreign countries, such as Singapore, South Korea, Japan and China’s Hong Kong and Macao for exchanges. The chorus's performances have been critically acclaimed by the audiences and local counterparts. Especially in 2015, the chorus went with the NCPA to Italy for a 17-day tour of the opera Rickshaw Boy to tremendous success, demonstrating rich musical expressions of the chorus.

Beijing, in the new century, is full of the prosperous atmosphere of elegant art. The young artists of the chorus devote their most vigorous and dynamic youth to the cause of China's opera, and strive for dream and art!