"New Music from an Ancient Land" is a contemporary music project put together by the UT School of Music's Kevin Class. The project grew out of Class' artistic residencies in Shanghai, Chengdu, and Shijiazhuang in which works that incorporate traditional Chinese elements into western style compositions by emerging Chinese composers were commissioned for premiere in the U.S.
Part of that commissioning was Green & Blue by contemporary Chinese composer Fang Fang. The work is a three movement Sonata for Piano and Cello which was inspired by a trip the composer took to Sweden. The work will get its world premiere on Friday evening by pianist Class and UT SOM cellist Wesley Baldwin. The premiere will be preceeded by a presentation by Annie Wu entitled "The Renaissance of Chinese Culture and Its Global Impact."
On the second half of the program, Baldwin and Class will perform two sonatas: Johannes Brahms' Sonata No.1 in E Minor for Cello and Piano and Prokofiev's Sonata in C Major, Op. 119 for Cello and Piano.
The performance this Friday (Feb 1) will be at 8 pm in Performance Hall 32 of the Alumni Memorial Building on the UT campus. Free.