Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra

Le soliste Ashu

Liu Fang

Date : June 16, 2011
Time : 8:00 PM
Soloist: Liu Fang, pipa

Most widely known for his Oscar-winning original score of Ang Lee’s film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, Tan Dun’s interest lies in breaking the boundaries between classical and non classical, Eastern and Western traditions. His “Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra” is a reworking of one of his most popular post-modern works “Ghost Opera”, into a more conventional concerto form. The theatrical nature of the earlier work is respected through the contribution of the string players who are required to “stomp, yip, yell, sigh and hand-slap”. Liu Fang, soloist for this concerto, will also perform several traditional pieces for the pipa. She will talk about the pipa which is a four-stringed lute, one of the oldest Chinese musical instrument.

This concert is sponsored by:

Royal Lepage fier partenaire de l'OCM Badger Blaireau fier partenaire de l'OCM


  • Serenade for Strings, op.48 – P. I. Tchaïkovsky
  • Two Sketches for Strings, based on French Canadian Airs – E. MacMillan


  • Classical pipa solo
    Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra – T. Dun
    Soloist: Liu Fang, pipa
  • Air – J. S. Bach