Several renowned orchestras, composers, and musicians from Taiwan will be participating in a three-day event celebrating cross-cultural music in Texas from March 13 to 15.
"Common Practice 21C: Classical, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Music,” organized by Rice University, the Asia Society in Texas, and the Taiwan Academy in Houston, is spearheaded by Taiwan-born Chen Shih-hui (陳士惠), associate professor at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and director of this year's festival.
The experimental festival will debut a mixture of traditional and newly composed works for Chinese and Western instruments. The works include those by an international selection of composers such as Ma Ting-yi (馬定一, Taiwan), Tsang Yip-fat (曾葉發, Hong Kong), Jia Guoping (賈國平, China), Tseng Yu-chung (曾毓忠, Taiwan), Chao Ching-wen (趙菁文, Taiwan), Michael Timpson (USA/Korea), and Lei Liang (梁雷, China/USA).
Taiwan's Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra (小巨人絲竹樂團) and a cast from the Shepherd School of Music — including Norman Fischer, Paul Kantor, and Michael Webster — will also be participating in the 3 concerts and 8 lectures offered by the festival.
The organizershopeto inspire the exchange of traditional Asian music practices with Western ideas and contemporary mediums such as computer music. In the words of Robert Yekovich, Dean of The Shepherd School of Music, "it is culture's role to discover new forms of artistic expression that reflect a broader, world-wide view.”
‘Common Practice 21C'
Classical, Contemporary, and Cross-Cultural Music