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LexPhil and Project SEE Theatre bring dreams to life this May in Rach 3 and the Original American Dream!

 

At 7:30 pm, on May 10th at the Singletary Center for the Arts, LexPhil closes its season with Rach 3 & the Original American Dream. Featuring Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 performed by rising star, Han Chen, and Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America, a multimedia collaboration with Project SEE Theatre celebrating the historic American immigrant experience, this is a concert that will delight in sight and sound! 

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More on Ellis Island - Ellis Island: The Dream of America, Peter Boyer’s most ambitious work to date, celebrates the historic American immigrant experience and the American dream. The work brings elements of the theatre and multimedia into the concert hall, employing actors from Project SEE Theatre and projected historical images from the Ellis Island archives. The spoken texts for the work come from the Ellis Island Oral History Project, an historic collection of interviews with actual immigrants about their experiences emigrating to America. After extensive research in this archive, Boyer chose the stories of seven immigrants who came to America through Ellis Island from disparate nations between 1910-1940. The work concludes with a reading of the Emma Lazarus poem The New Colossus (“Give me your tired, your poor…”), providing an emotionally powerful ending to this celebration of our nation of immigrants. Since its premiere in 2002, Ellis becoming one of the most performed American orchestral works of the last decade. The work has received over 130 live performances by nearly 60 orchestras.

More on Han Chen - Han Chen comes to LexPhil to take on Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, daunting to even the most experienced performers. Hailed by the NY Times as a pianist with "a graceful touch... rhythmic precision.... (and) hypnotic charm,” Chen is a rising star who’s accolades already include top prizes from the Mozart Piano and Violin Works Competition, the National Piano Competition in China, the International Russian Music Piano Competition, and the Hong Kong International Piano Competition, among others. As a soloist, Chen has appeared with China Symphony Orchestra and Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Vladimir Ashkenazy. This February, he made his solo debut in Alice Tully Hall with the Juilliard Orchestra. Chen is now a junior at The Juilliard School with Professor Yoheved Kaplinsky and studies composition with Professor Philip Lasser. Chen replaces originally booked pianist, Chu-Fang Huang. Due to unexpected personal circumstances, Chu-Fang Huang will not be able to play Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Lexington Philharmonic. Chu-Fang will be giving a recital on May 12 at First Presbyterian Church of Lexington at 3PM.


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