Two works from Huang Ruo's Three Pieces for Orchestra will receive their New York premiere by the prestigious New York Philharmonic under the fast-rising conductor Xian Zhang on November 8, 9 and 10 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. The world premiere was given by another world-class orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, under Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch in 2000. Huang Ruo is a member of the Composition and Theory faculty in the Purchase College Conservatory of Music.
The Philharmonic will perform Fanfare and Announcement. Fanfare is a wild, chaotic and dramatic piece, beginning with an immediate intensity that shifts relentlessly between the sections of the orchestra. The constantly changing relationship between the horizontal and vertical dimensions of the music creates oscillations between the visual and aural senses. In contrast, Announcement gives a solemn, dignified and ceremonious statement that is full of passionate emotions. The various elements combine to spell the poise of timelessness. Written for the new millennium, Fanfare and Announcement run 13 minutes long.
Chinese-born Huang Ruo came to the United States after winning the Henry Mancini Award at the International Film and Music Festival in 1995 in Switzerland, and earned music degrees at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and at the Juilliard School. His works have been performed by such ensembles as the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Philadelphia Orchestra, which under Wolfgang Sawallisch premiered Three Pieces for Orchestra. Critics had high praise for Three Pieces for Orchestra, with the Philadelphia City Paper raving, “What I know is that Huang Ruo is a hugely gifted young composer. Remember his name.”
For more information about the concert, and a podcast where conductor Xian Zhang talks about Huang Ruo’s music, visit http://nyphil.org/attend/season/index.cfm?page=eventDetail&eventNum=1265&seasonNum=7&utm_medium=homepage&utm_source=button1_zhang_1022.