Performance Today

A Thousand Years of Good Prayers

Composer Zhou TianKevin Birch

July 27, 2021

Composer Zhou Tian was inspired by a Chinese proverb, that it takes "a thousand years of good prayers to bring about a good relationship." He wrote music that unfolds into a clear and harmonious song — and it's less than ten centuries long. On this episode of Performance Today, hear A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Zhou Tian, from a recent concert in Melbourne, Australia.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Georg Philipp Telemann: Paris Quartet No. 6: Movement 6 Modere
Wilbert Hazelzet, flute; Trio Sonnerie
Album: Telemann: The Six Paris Quartets
Virgin 91450

Yuko Uebayashi: Au-dela du Temps for two flutes and piano
Alice Dade, flute; Julie Thornton, flute; Susan Grace, piano
Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Packard Performance Hall, Colorado Springs, CO

Deborah Cheetham: Long time living here
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Benjamin Northey, conductor
Hamer Arts Center, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Zhou Tian: A Thousand Years of Good Prayers
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Benjamin Northey, conductor
Hamer Arts Center, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Georg Philipp Telemann: Suite in G Major, Don Quixote
Chloe Fedor, violin; Ravenna Lipchik, violin; Stephen Goist, viola; Keiran Campbell, cello; Paul Macres, bass; Joshua Stauffer, theorbo; Elliot Figg, harpsichord
Lakes Area Music Festival, Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd, MN

Hour 2

Elliott Carter: Elegy for cello and piano
Joshua Roman, cello; Gilles Vonsattel, piano
The Freda & Aaron Silberman Recital Series performed at Baruch Performing Arts Center at Baruch College, Engelman Recital Hall, New York, NY

Peter Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 2: Mvt 1
Kevin Chen, piano; Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra; John Morris Russell, conductor
Hilton Head International Piano Competition, part of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, First Presbyterian Church Hilton Head Island, SC

Osvaldo Golijov: Mariel for Cello and Marimba
Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Ian David Rosenbaum, marimba
Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, Bridgehampton, NY

Gustav Mahler: Piano Quartet in A Minor
Gilles Vonsattel, piano; Benjamin Beilman, violin; Daniel Phillips, viola; Joshua Roman, cello
The Bank of America Chamber Music Series, Spoleto Festival USA, Dock Street Theater, Charleston, SC