Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraThursday, January 24, 2019 @ 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Join musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for East meets West: Influences of China on U.S. Art, a program celebrating the eclectic work of Chinese composer Qigang Chen and Chinese poet Huang Xiang.
Hosted by Earl Lee, this program will feature members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Earl Lee will discuss Qiguang Chen’s unique character, identity, social activism and Chinese influence on western art contextualizing the music. Local writers will complement the evening by reading selected poems by COA’s first writer-in-residence Huang Xiang.
Brandon Fury graduated with a BA in poetry from the University of Pittsburgh and received his MFA from Carlow University. His work has been featured or is forthcoming in: After Happy Hour Review, City Paper, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine, the North American Review, and the South Dakota Review.
Lori Beth Jones has been serving sass and celebration almost weekly as a longtime emcee and co-Slammaster of the Steel City Poetry Slam. Always seeking to share her love of performance and community, she is a founding member of the Cultural District 2 Committee, a group that is devoted to bringing arts events to Pittsburgh’s western neighborhoods. Lori Beth got involved in Pittsburgh’s poetry community because of her natural talent for filling out forms on time and stayed for the Liner Notes showcase. She can also be found co-producing the monthly Poetry & Pints reading that encourages first-time and new readers of all genres. Lori Beth is honored to be included in this program.
A dynamic and energetic figure on stage, Canadian musician Earl Lee pursues a diverse career both as a conductor and a cellist. Lee currently holds the RBC Resident Conductor position of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and the Artistic Director & Conductor position of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Lee frequently appears on the podium at the Roy Thomson Hall leading the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, as well as making guest conducting appearances throughout the world. Highlights from this year include his South Korean debut in August leading the Gangnam Symphony Orchestra at the prestigious Seoul Arts Center. He has also recently been announced as the Music Director & Conductor of the Yeosu International Music Festival and Ensemble in Korea in its inaugural season this August. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School with degrees in cello, Earl began his conducting studies in 2010 studying with Ignat Solzhenitsyn. In 2013, Lee received his Masters in Conducting from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with George Manahan. Lee continued his post-graduate conducting studies at the New England Conservatory with Hugh Wolff prior to starting his tenure with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Adam Liu (Cello PSO)
Ellen Chen-Livingston (First Violin PSO)
Rodrigo Ojeda (Piano)