On Sunday, January 27, 2013, the Seattle Symphony will present the fifth annual Celebrate Asia event at Benaroya Hall, a program that explores the rich musical traditions of Asian countries alongside Western classical music.

This East-meets-West program features Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii, performing Tchaikovsky’s popular Piano Concerto No. 1. Tsujii, who was born blind, was a gold medalist at the 2009 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, with a performance that was deemed “absolutely miraculous” by Van Cliburn himself.

Plus, there will be a series of pre-concert performances in the Grand Lobby at Benaroya Hall. Four local ensembles representing different ethnicities within Seattle’s Asian community will be featured: Filipiniana Dance Company will perform the tinikling dance, a popular traditional dance from the Philippines; Kolintang Ensemble Washington will perform traditional Indonesian music; Village of a Thousand Gingkos, a short work composed by Mercer Island High School senior Christina Sun for the Seattle Symphony’s 2012 Young Composers Workshop, will also be performed. Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness will conclude the pre-concert performances with a rousing Chinese Lion Dance, leading concertgoers to their seats.

After the concert, the celebration will continue in Benaroya Hall’s Grand Lobby with a performance featuring Japanese Taiko drummers One World Taiko. Both pre- and post-concert lobby performances are included with a concert ticket.

Celebrate Lunar New Year 2013 by attending this delightful celebration of Seattle’s Asian community. For more information about Celebrate Asia, visit http://www.seattlesymphony.org.

Tickets start at $19/person, and are available online.

Pre-concert performances begin at 3:00pm. The concert begins at 4:00pm.

Benaroya Hall is located at:
200 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101


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