On March 1 the Seattle Symphony presented Celebrate Asia at Benaroya Hall. Celebrate Asia honors Seattle’s Asian American community through a concert that explores the rich musical traditions of Asian countries alongside Western classical music. Now in its seventh year, Celebrate Asia has become an annual tradition where people and families of all ethnicities come to immerse in an afternoon of cultural exchange and vibrant celebration.
Highlights included guest conductor Carolyn Kuan; the U.S. premiere of Revive, Concerto for Koto and Shakuhachi by Japanese composer Yugo Kanno; theme song from Slumdog Millionaire; a piece by young Chinese composer Ye Yanchen; and Crouching Tiger Cello Concerto, from Tan Dun’s Oscar-winning score written for the 2000 movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Pre- and post-concert performances included Indian dancer Sharmista Mitra Dohray, Bellevue Children’s Academy Choir, Northwest Kung Fu Lion Dance, Taiwan Aborigine Dance Group, Western and Asian Instrument Zoo, One World Taiko and DJ RDX.
All photos by Brandon Patoc Photography.
Posted on March 2, 2015READ MORE BEYOND THE STAGE