IMAGE OF CHINA

Tuesday, December 06 th, 2016 at 00:12 am 

IMAGE OF CHINA

SYNOPSIS

The China Anhui Traditional Orchestra (CATO) staged its spectacular debut concert at the city’s renowned Lincoln Center on Monday, turning the Alice Tully Hall into a wonderland with magic effects of Chinese musical instruments such as Erhu, Pipa and flute.

JOY’S REVIEW

So I went to see the Image of China 2011 US Tour China Anhui Traditional Orchestra. And the week before I did at Lincoln Center in a similar — this was at Alice Tully, I was at Avery Fisher, which is across the street from one another, hearing Mahler by the London Symphony, and this was an amazing experience when you realize that these instruments have been played for 3,000 years, a 1,000 years before the birth of Christ. And the difference is just extraordinary. They also did two things, and I really need to research this. They played Oh Susanna with Chinese instruments, but I think it’s actually originally a Chinese tune, which makes some sense because the Chinese that were imported to work on the railroad presumably brought it and Oh Susanna is from that time of our history. And also Yankee Doodle. So were those Chinese songs before they were American folk songs, maybe. This was really fun. Three and a half stars, four stars, lets go to four stars.

 

JOY METER