Ask the Sky and the Earth: A Cantata for the Sent-Down Youth
The UMSL Symphony Orchestra and St. Louis International Culture and Performing Arts Center jointly present a concert featuring the St Louis area premiere of Ask the Sky and the Earth: A Cantata for the Chinese Sent-Down Youth. The Cantata has been performed at various venues such as National Centre for the Performing Arts (China), Carnegie Hall in New York, Sydney Opera House in Australia, Woolsey Hall at Yale University, and Chicago Symphony Hall.
The first half of the concert will showcase a variety of Western and Chinese classic works, including selections from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and the popular Chinese violin concerto The Butterfly Lovers, featuring Ms. Xiaoxiao Qiang of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as a soloist. Traditional music displaying the beautiful Chinese stringed instrument “Zheng” will also be performed. Mr. Chai-lun Yueh (baritone), a Grammy nominee, and Ms. Min Chen (soprano), a National Class-A Performing Artist of China, will sing several opera pieces and songs in Chinese and Western styles.
The cantata “Ask the Sky and the Earth” will be presented in the second half. With libretto by Wei Su and music by Dongling Huo (Tony Fok), this powerful piece narrates the hardships and idealism of thousands of Chinese youths who were sent to the countryside from urban areas during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and early 1970s. A Chinese choir of 150 singers from the Midwest and East Coast will serve as the chorus, with top-rated Chinese soloists as lead singers and the UMSL Orchestra as the musical accompaniment.
The University of Missouri-St. Louis Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra composed of undergraduate students. The orchestra presents a fall concert, performs for two of the University Holiday Concerts and two concerts during the spring semester, including one featuring the UMSL concerto contest winner. Mr. Robert Howard currently serves as interim conductor. Mr. Robert Howard also has served as the conductor of the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra since 1995.
In February 2013, the UMSL Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. Jim Richards, was featured in the breathtaking production of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, which also brought together Nashville Ballet, UMSL's University Singers, Bach Society of Saint Louis and St. Louis Children’s Choirs. In May 2013 the orchestra, conducted by Robert Nordman, performed at America’s Center.
- November 16, 2013
- Tickets on sale now. Student ticket prices will be available beginning October 14.
- $15, $20, $26, $50 VIP
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