As everyone winds down from the holiday season, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is busy rehearsing away for one more new year's celebration: the Chinese New Year! Their program contains three musical compositions that highlight the theme of the night:
Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts the orchestra. Performing with the LPO are featured artists Wu Man, Sasha Cooke, and Anthony Dean Griffey.
Wu Man is a globally-known pipa virtuoso, credited with spreading pipa music to the western world. She has collaborated numerous times with distinguished musicians Yo-To Ma, David Zinman, and the Kronos Quartet among many others. Born in Hangzhou, China, Wu Man because the first musician to received a Master's in pipa. She has recorded a list of albums, and as an advocate of new and contemporary music, participates regularly in many world premieres for her work. She currently resides in San Diego after spending 12 years in Boston.
Mezzo-soprana Sasha Cooke is a Grammy-winning vocalist. Her comprehensive background includes being a Juillard alum, as well as studies at the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival, Central City Opera's Young Artist Training Program, and others. Current seasonal appearances include working with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, and Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony. Cooke is also scheduled to debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra before embarking on a tour through Europe with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.
An American tenor with worldwide acclaim in opera, recital, and concerts, Anthony Dean Griffey joins LPO among his many seasonal appearances. Griffey also returns this season to the Houston Grand Opera, the LA Opera, and the Atlanta Symphony. Louisiana is one of his debut roles. Griffey's career has been highlighted from the start with active charity work, namely for arts programs (Guildford County public schools) and the Mental Health Association. He participates in numerous benefits concerts. He holds several degrees from Wingate University, the Eastman School of Music, and Juilliard, and was awarded the Doctorate of Humane Letters from Wingate in 2012.
LPO's Chinese New Year happens at 7:30pm on Friday, January 31st at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre. Tickets are available in the usual places: online, box office, though are selling fast. Theatre doors open around 6:30, with house seating at 7.