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Civitas Ensemble and Yang Wei premieres Yao Chen’s new composition “Emanations of Tara”

February 7, 2015 Comments off

Join us on March 15 at 3pm as Civ­i­tas Ensem­ble cel­e­brates the Chi­nese Year of the Ram with an entire pro­gram of music by Chi­nese com­posers at Nichols Con­cert Hall of Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston, IL, USA.

The 3 pm con­cert will begin with the world pre­mière of renowned com­poser Zhou Long’s Five Ele­ments with Five Move­ments which accen­tu­ates the har­mo­nious union of East and West.  The pro­gram will close with a sec­ond world pre­mière — Ema­na­tions of Tara –which was writ­ten for Civ­i­tas and Pipa, the tra­di­tional Chi­nese instru­ment, by Yao Chen and sup­ported with an award from the Fromm Music Foun­da­tion at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity.  This per­for­mance will be accom­pa­nied by Lin Fen’s exper­i­men­tal non-narrative doc­u­men­tary on Tara, a Tibetan god­dess, which offers reflec­tions on the cycles of life.

This spe­cial pro­gram is co-presented by the Chi­nese Fine Arts Soci­ety.  Please join us.


Five Ele­ments with Five Move­ments          Zhou Long (World Première)

To the Four Cor­ners                                     Huang Ruo

Round­abouts                                                Anthony Cheung

Ema­na­tions of Tara                                     Yao Chen (World Pre­mière)

Guest artists join­ing Civ­i­tas mem­bers for the after­noon are Cheng-Hou Lee, cello, Euge­nia Moliner, flute, Wei­jing Wang, viola, Yang Wei, pipa, Vadim Karpinos, percussion.

Early bird tick­ets are avail­able at $20 through Feb­ru­ary 15, 2015  at

Stu­dent tick­ets are offered at no charge, but reser­va­tions are required.