The MSO and some of Melbourne’s finest Chinese-Australian musical talent come together for a special celebration of the Year of the Ox. A unique blend of music from eastern and western masters, this program brings together Beethoven and Chopin with China’s leading contemporary composers. Conducted by Principal Conductor in Residence Benjamin Northey, accomplished Chinese Australian pianist Angela Li returns following her recital with Artistic Ambassador Lu Siqing, alongside pipa soloist Yang Ying, who has toured Asia and Europe to acclaim with the China National Traditional Orchestra. PROGRAM CHEETHAM ARR. SPEEDY-HUTTON Long Time Living Here BEETHOVEN The Creatures of Prometheus Overture WU Moonlit Night on Spring River* YE The Faint Gingko CHOPIN Andante Spianato and Grande polonaise brillante^ ZHOU A Thousand Years of Good Prayers TRAD. ARR. LI Jasmine Flower Benjamin Northey, conductor Angela Li, piano^ Yang Ying, pipa* The Faint Gingko by Xiaogang Ye is used by permission of Hal Leonard Australia Pty. Ltd. This performance is proudly presented by our Chinese New Year Principal Concert Partner, Austin Land. Our Chinese New Year concert partners include Swisse, Biostime, Seven Network, Hengyi, Asia Society, TarraWarra Estate, Executive Wealth Circle, David’s Hot Pot and Chin Communications.