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Houston Symphony

On This Week’s Houston Symphony Broadcast

Associate Conductor Robert Franz leads the orchestra in a program titled “East Meets West.”

Pipa player Changlu-Wu
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Pipa player Changlu-Wu

Recorded at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park in June 2015, this week's Houston Symphony broadcast features works written by both Western and Eastern composers.

Smetana's Vltava (The Moldau) from Má vlast (My Fatherland) and Debussy's evocation of the ocean, La Mer, represent the West while Charles Tomlinson Griffes's The Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan, inspired by the Coleridge poem of the same name, moves us toward the East.

Dance of the Yao People, a collaborative work by Liu Tieshan and Mao Yuan dating from 1952, is a suite of dances based on Chinese folk melodies, and Han Lan Kui's Qilian Rhapsody for Pipa and Orchestra, inspired by the spiritual life and traditions of the Qilian people of southern China, take us firmly to the East.

Pipa virtuoso (the Chinese lute) Changlu Wu, a Houston resident and University of Houston graduate, is the soloist in the Qilian Rhapsody, and Houston Symphony Associate Conductor Robert Franz is on the podium.

Tune in for this Houston Symphony broadcast on News 88.7 Sunday, December 6, at 8PM and on Classical 91.7 Wednesday, December 9, at 8PM.