Celebrate Asia at the symphony

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Julia Tai (Courtesy of Philharmonia Northwest)

Explore the diverse musical traditions of Asia in an “East-meets-West” concert when the Seattle Symphony presents the sixth annual “Celebrate Asia” performance on Friday, March 21 at Benaroya Hall.

The concert celebrates the cultures of China, Vietnam, and Japan, conducted by Julia Tai. Featured performers include Haochen Zhang on piano, Nguyen Thanh Thuy on dan tranh, Ngo Tra My on dan bau, and Stefan Ostersjo on ti ba, banjo, and guitar.

Pre-concert performances begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Samuel & Althea Stroum grand lobby with the Chaopraya Ensemble, Kalahi Philippine Dance Company, Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness, and more.

The main concert, starting at 7:30 p.m., will offer the world premier of “Three Film Scores for String Orchestra” by Toru Takesmitsu, winner of the Celebrate Asia Composition Competition; the world premier of “A Piece for Vietnamese and Western Plucked Instruments and String Orchestra” by Richard Karpen; and a “Piano Concerto in A Minor” by Grieg. (end)

Tickets are $19–$76, available at www.celebrateasia.org. For more information, call 206-215-4747.

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