Journey of Chinese Folk Songs
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Journey of Chinese Folk Songs is an inspired invitation to celebrate the Chinese New Year. First is Joy of Spring, an energetic piece by Mao Yuan, radiating jubilation for a new year. Following this is a melancholy, heartfelt piece, A Song of Homesickness written by Ma Sicong portraying the sadness of missing one’s home and dear ones. Concluding the program is The Fisherman’s Harvest by Li Zili, a piece that exudes the happy feelings of bringing home a catch to feed one’s family and community.
Yuel Yawney, violin
Libby Yu, piano
Joy of Spring by Mao Yuan
A Song of Home Sickness by Ma Sicong
Fisherman’s Harvest by Li Zili
Praised for his “confident, smooth toned, and unobtrusive virtuosic” playing, violinist Yuel Yawney has performed extensively across North America, Europe and Asia performing in major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Toronto, San Francisco, Washington DC, Montreal, Ottawa and, of course, in his home town of Vancouver and is a founding member of the Borealis String Quartet.
A favourite with audiences around the world, Vancouver pianist Libby Yu has graced international stages, recorded in studio and in recital for CBC Radio, and has appeared as soloist with major Canadian symphony orchestras as well as the Netherlands Philharmonic. She captured the First Prize of the 27th CBC Radio National Competition for Young Performers and was awarded a Diploma of Honour at the 13th International Frederic Chopin Competition held in Warsaw, Poland.
Performing together for over 25 years, Libby Yu and Yuel Yawney delight in uplifting and enlivening audiences with inspiring musical interpretations wherever they appear. They have performed recitals and concerts around BC from intimate house concerts in Kelowna and Music Friends Vancouver to a Canuck’s Autism Fundraiser at the River Rock Casino as well as Health Arts Society “Concerts in Care,” the Silk Purse Gallery and Vancouver Art Gallery.