SUU’s Department of Music Celebrates
Chinese Composer Ms. Ai-Ping Ding
April 1, 2014
Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah: Renowned in China for her orchestral compositions, Ms. Ai-Ping Ding incorporates traditional Chinese music and folk tunes into her work. On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, SUU’s Department of Music will present a special performance featuring the music of Ai-Ping Ding as performed by the SUU Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Dr. Xun Sun. The recital begins at 7:30pm in the Thorley Recital Hall within SUU’s Music Building. The performance is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature Ai-Ping Ding’s compositions performed by string quartet, cello sextet, woodwind quintet, cello duet and two selections featuring Chinese chorus music with orchestra. Performers for the concert also include the Opus, the SUU Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Kevin Baker, the String Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Christian Bohnenstengel, and the Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Lynn Vartan.
Ms. Ai-Ping Ding is currently composer-in-residence for the distinguished Hubei Opera and Dance Drama Theatre of China. Her music celebrates the great traditions of Chinese music and is performed by large orchestras as well as chamber groups and youth orchestras. In addition, the music of Ai-Ping Ding has been used to score movies in China. With this concert at Southern Utah University, Ms. Ai-Ping Ding makes her American debut.
Dr. Xun Sun was appointed to his current academic position in 2001, Professor Xun Sun is serving as Director of Orchestral Activities at Southern Utah University. His teaching duties include that of conducting the University Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble. In addition, he teaches courses in Advanced Instrumental Conducting and Applied Instruction of Violin in the Music Department. He has continually broadened his professional career as an international orchestral conductor, most recently conducting the world premiere of the dance drama Dream of Helen with Hubei Opera and Dance Drama Theatre of China. He conducted the world renowned China Philharmonic Orchestra in recording a new CD of the America Journey, music by American composers Marshall McDonald and Steve Nelson. In 2007, he was invited to conduct the Lviv Philharmonic in the 8th International Contemporary Music Festival in Ukraine.
Experience the remarkable sounds of Chinese music created by Ms. Ai-Ping Ding as performed by the SUU Symphony Orchestra and String Ensemble. For more information on the SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts events, please visit www.suu.edu/pva/arts.