CHINA-USA: A Celebration of Music at Kennedy Center
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Mozart's whimsical opera The Magic Flute springs to life via the Washington National Opera and vivid, colorful sets and costumes from Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko. This adventure-filled opera begins as the Queen of the Night sends the brave Prince Tamino on a quest to rescue her daughter from an evil sorcerer. Accompanied by the clumsy and comical birdcatcher Papageno, Tamino braves all obstacles to find the princess and defeat the sorcerer, only to find that all is not what it seems. Tamino's adventure is marked by dramatic plot twists as trickery and betrayals are revealed, and the true villain emerges. This production is sung in English with projected English titles. Learn More
Through the centuries since Marco Polo’s expeditions to the East when travelers brought stories and treasures from this far off land, the West has been fascinated by China and its art, culture, and crafts. The expansiveness of the Chinese Empire was fascinating to the city states and smaller empires of Western Europe. Monarchs coveted the lavish silks and beautiful porcelains from China and created rooms decorated with Chinese artifacts and tapestries—China style.
After President Nixon visited in 1972 and China opened to the world, many of the country’s best creative musicians travelled to the U.S. to further their studies, among them Oscar®-winning composer Tan Dun and Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Zhou Long. The last 30 years have seen these brilliant musicians triumph in the United States, and American music and musicians have been embraced by the Chinese public as well.
This concert celebrates that fruitful exchange with music from both lands. It features Chinese orchestral music, excerpts from contemporary Chinese operas (like Savage Land and Madame White Snake) that have won fans around the world, and pieces by Puccini and Bernstein that have become favorites of Chinese audiences. Perhaps the most popular and visible example of a Western composer’s intrigue with China is Puccini’s Turandot, excerpted for this concert. Conductor Xian Zhang, Music Director of the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi, leads the Washington National Opera Orchestra and an international cast of vocalists and soloists—Huang Ying, Carl Tanner, Yang Xiaoyong, Tian Haojiang, Maria Eugenia Antuñez, Jennifer Waters, Chi Liming, Wan Shanhong, Jiang Kemei (erhu), and Li Chuanyun (violin)—in a thrilling evening of artistic friendship.
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, located on 17 acres overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. The Center is home to seven theaters: the Concert Hall, the Opera House, the Eisenhower Theater, the Family Theater, the Terrace Theater, the Theater Lab, and the Terrace Gallery. In addition, as part of the Kennedy Center’s Performing Arts for Everyone outreach program, free performances take place each evening at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. In addition to offering annual series of the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington National Opera, theater, ballet, dance, chamber music, jazz, and performances for young audiences, the Kennedy Center presents festivals celebrating the arts and culture of countries and regions around the world.