Poster Rabbit figure in stone
Rabbit figure in stone (Hong Kong)
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Performance Today®

The Year of the Rabbit

More than a billion people are ushering in the Year of the Rabbit with food and family celebrations. Join us for music that celebrates the Lunar New Year on this episode of Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

John Playford: Newcastle/Splendid Schilling
Gao Hong, Pipa | Belladonna Baroque Quartet
Album: Hui: Folk Melodies from China And 17th Century Europe
Ten Thousand Lakes

Wayne Barlow: The Winter's Passed
Henry Ward, oboe | The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

Jean Francaix: Octet
Anton Rist, clarinet | Conrad Cornelison, bassoon | Kaitlyn Resler, horn | Abigel Kralik, Aurelia Duca, violins | Jessica Oudin, viola | Dariusz Skoraczewski, cello | Robert Franenberg, double bass
Festival Mozaic, Harold J. Miossi Cultural and Performing Arts Center, San Luis Obispo, CA

Zhang Zhao: Pi-Huang (Moments from Beijing Opera)
Zhu Wang, piano
Honest Brook Music Festival, Delhi, NY

Traditional: White Snow in Spring (encore)
Wu Man, pipa
Presented by the Lexington Symphony, Cary Memorial Hall, Lexington, MA

Gao Hong: Nostalgia
Gao Hong, pipa | Gabriel Campos Zamora, clarinet | Erik Wheeler, cello | Nikki Melville, piano
International Friendship Through the Performing Arts, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, MN

Hour 2

Anton Arensky: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor, Op. 35: III. Finale: Andante Sostenuto - Allegro Moderato
Kirsten Johnson, viola | Lynn Harrell and Zuill Bailey, cellos | Soovin Kim, violin
Album: Dohnanyi: Serenade In C Major - Arensky: String Quartet No. 2

Eubie Blake, arr. Gunther Schuller: The Charleston Rag
English Symphony Orchestra | Kenneth Woods, conductor
English Symphony Orchestra, Wyastone Concert Hall, Monmouth, UK

Sergei Rachmaninoff: Vocalise for Cello and Piano
Zuill Bailey, cello | Michael Butterman, piano
Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Brungard Aviation Hangar, Boulder, CO

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115
Anthony McGill, clarinet | The Pacifica Quartet
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Athens, GA

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