Ricardo Lorenz’s “Olokun’s Awakening from ‘Symphonic Scenes of Chacumbele’ for Orchestra” was premiered by the Sewanee Festival Orchestra conducted by Raphael Jimenez on July 12th, 2015. Drawing on the composer’s profound insight into the Cuban mythological and 20th Century historical figure of Chacumbeles, this first symphonic scene depicts the main characters of the myth as youths. The work’s musical tapestry is woven from the narritive which is rich in Yoruba mythology and leitmotiffs representing characters and events in the epic. Contact our rental department for inquiries.
Peng-Peng Gong’s Symphony No. 5 will be premiered by the Shanghai Philharmonic and the Shanghai Opera Chorus on 12/13/15. Maestro Liang Zhang will conduct with soprano Lei Xu, tenor Jingma Fan, violinist Xiao Liu, cellist Chu Yi-Bing, and the composer himself at the piano. The Fifth Symphony was commissioned by the Shanghai Philharmonic in 2014 in honor of the 70th Anniversary to the End of World War II and the Second Sino-Japanese War, composed in a most unusual form known as “The Classical Genre Expo” – a merge of virtually every form of classical music. The combo of these different forms and instrumentations are meant to artistically portray the astronomically traumatic impact the wars have caused on people of different races, different fields, different territories, different cultures, and different social classes.
Peng-Peng Gong has also announced three new smaller works: Three Preludes, Children’s Bagatelles, and Jasmine Variations for boys’ choir. For more information on these and other works by Mr. Gong, write to Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.
His Third Piano Concerto: Zhonghua Chronicles will receive two consecutive performances in Nice, France on April 22 and 23rd of 2016, with the Nice Philharmonic and Philippe Auguin conducting, featuring the composer as soloist.
To view Peng-Peng Gong’s current publications, visit Hal Leonard.