This June at Cadogan Hall, the world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra proudly presents the UK Premiere of The Last Paradise, an emotional violin work by China’s highly regarded contemporary composer Xiaogang Ye. Taiwanese American violinist Cho-Liang Lin and award-winning conductor José Serebrier will bring Ye’s The Last Paradise to life in a concert also featuring Dvořák’s spirited Slavonic Dances and Mussorgky’s impressive Pictures at an Exhibition.
Also established as the Vice Chairman of China’s Musicians’ Association and Founder and Artistic Director of Beijing Modern Music Festival, Xiaogang Ye’s oeuvre as a composer is comprised of symphonic works, a range of chamber music, stage works and film music, with much of his music relating to Chinese culture and tradition. The Last Paradise recounts the sad fate of a protagonist – portrayed by the violin – culminating in his funeral and his eventual happiness upon the release of his spirit into the afterlife.
Ye explains: “My family suffered extremely – nearly all kinds of humiliation – during my youth. It was during the Cultural Revolution, which was really a hard time. Life was a harsh struggle for survival… The villagers believed that death was an escape from a painful life and the start of a new journey. I also imagined that my life would end this way, and when I was released from all the pain of this world I would be carried toward heaven and eternal happiness.”
The versatile Cho-Liang Lin was also the featured violin soloist at the lauded US Premiere of The Last Paradise in 2013, displaying “incredible skill and dexterity” in his technique while eloquently “express[ing] the musical protagonist’s sense of hardship and sorrow” [Bachtrack]. The experienced and highly sought-after conductor José Serebrier will lead Cho-Liang Lin and the Orchestra through this poignant piece, as well as showcase his mastery of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances and Mussorgky’s Pictures at an Exhibition that can be heard in his acclaimed recording career.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs at Cadogan Hall on Friday 12 June, 7.30pm.
For tickets visit www.cadoganhall.com and use promo code ‘PARADISE’ for £20 Best Available Seats.
About the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO)
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) has upheld the legacy of its debonair founder Sir Thomas Beecham and is proud to be approaching its seventieth anniversary. Now under the inspiring leadership of Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Charles Dutoit, the Orchestra continues to bring first-class performances of a wide range of musical repertoire to worldwide audiences.
The Orchestra’s London home is Cadogan Hall, in the heart of Chelsea, in which the intimate environment is ideal for orchestral performances. Over the year, the Orchestra will be joined by impressive, world-class soloists in concerts featuring a wealth of musical masterpieces. From Top Brass 2015 with Allen Vizzutti to With You, Armenia performed and conducted by Pinchas Zukerman, the variety of performances and soloists promises to make this one of the Orchestra’s most charismatic seasons yet. Highlights include From Paris to New York led by Principal Associate Conductor Alexander Shelley, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass performed by the City of London Choir, and the captivating cellist Laura van der Heijden performing Tchaikovsky.
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