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Composer: Sheng, Bright (b. 1955)

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Year of birth1955
NationalityChina
PeriodContemporary
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San Francisco Symphony fails to ignite in Tokyo

Michael Tilson Thomas © Chris Wahlberg
  The San Francisco Symphony wound up its Asian tour in Tokyo with a program (Sheng, Shostakovich, Mahler) and soloist (pianist Yuja Wang) well calculated to generate strong audience response.
**111
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Yuja Wang on fire at the San Francisco Symphony

Yuja Wang © Fadil Berisha
Yuja Wang’s blazing Shostakovich First Piano Concerto and MTT’s stellar Firebird blended into a cohesive narrative at Davies Hall that showed us how successful performances can coincide with successful programming. 
****1
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A Dream doesn't quite come true at San Francisco Opera

Yijie Shi (Bao Yu) and dancer © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
A new operatic adaptation of Dream of the Red Chamber by Bright Sheng and David Henry Hwang offers musical and visual delights but stumbles on the text.
***11
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Orchestral sorcery at the Barbican from the BBC Symphony

Sakari Oramo © Dan Hansson
It is a wonderful thing to hear the full range and colour of a symphony orchestra used to its full effect during the course of an evening's programme and tonight the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Finnish conductor Sakari Oramo showed the diversity, versatility and sheer joy which for me really brings the music to life.
*****
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Hong Kong Philharmonic opens 40th anniversary season with Beethoven and Dvořák

Jaap van Zweden conducts the Hong Kong Philharmonic  ©  Cheung Chi-Wai / HK Phil
For the 40th anniversary season opening gala of the Hong Kong Philharmonic, it was fitting that Music Director Jaap van Zweden should have chosen Bright Sheng’s Shanghai Overture, which was originally commissioned by the composer’s alma mater, the Shanghai Conservatory, for its own 80th anniversary in 2007.
****1
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