Eastern Expressions

We kicked off our 2006-2007 concert season with Eastern Expressions, the culmination of our first-ever Composer Alive collaboration with an international composer, in this case Beijing composer Xiaogang Ye.

We had the very good fortune to start this project at the same time as Yo-Yo Ma was starting a project called Silk Road Chicago and we were able to become part of that and would eventually get funding from the city, Boeing and United which would allow us to visit Beijing and to bring Xiaogang Ye to Chicago for the final concert.

The final concert also featured music by other renowned living Chinese composers including Zhou Long, Huang Ruo and Chen Yi and two performances by the incredible pipa player Min Xiao-Fen.


Sunday, September 10, 2006 3:00 PM
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington
Preston Bradley Hall


Enchanted Bamboo by Xiaogang Ye
Five Fragments by Huang Ruo
The Points by Chen Yi


Wu Ji
by Zhou Long
inter:lace by Jay Alan Yim
Blue Pipa by Min Xiao-Fen
Datura by Xiaogang Ye (World Premiere)


Hülya Alpakin – piano
Peggy Benkeser – percussion
Alyson Berger – cello
Thomas Burritt – percussion
Winston Choi – piano
Laura Koepele-Tenges – flute
James Martin – violin
Theresa McCullough – piano
Min Xiao-Fen – pipa
Minghuan Xu – violin


Xiaogang Ye, Zhou Long and Min Xiao-Fen