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FRI | MAY 17 | 8 PM | CLASSICAL MUSIC
Tickets: $12/$10 Members & Students/FREE for Teens
Beijing Guitar Duo
Meng Su (guitar)
Yameng Wang (guitar)
Nian Hua (2017) by Chen Yi | Additional Work TBD
Praised by the distinguished Classical Guitar Magazine as “having the star potential to serve as inspiration for new generations of guitarists to come,” Beijing Guitar Duo made their New York debut in Carnegie Hall in 2010. Immediately after the concert, they were signed by Bill Capone of Arts Management Group in New York, and launched their international concert career. Composed of guitarist Meng Su and Yameng Wang, Beijing Guitar Duo has performed around the world in halls such as Concertgebouw, Palau de Musica, Tchaikovsky Hall and the National Theatre in Beijing. This season has taken them to concert tours in Canada, the United States, Australia, Europe and China. The duo regularly collaborates with orchestras, in ensemble with flutist Marina Piccinini, guitarists Grigoryan Brothers and with their mentor Manuel Barrueco, touring in Europe, Australia and the U.S.
Beijing Guitar Duo's performances and recordings have impressed the public with “an ability and artistry that exceeds their years.” Their debut CD Maracaípe, received a Latin GRAMMY nomination for the titled piece, which was dedicated to them by renowned guitarist/composer Sergio Assad. Their second CD, Bach to Tan Dun, has been widely noted for the world-premiere recording of Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Watercolor, specially arranged for the duo by Manuel Barrueco. A recording in trio, China West, with Maestro Barrueco was released in May 2014. Meng Su and Yameng Wang were born in the coastal city of Qingdao, China. They each came to the partnership with exceptional credentials, including a string of competition awards. Ms. Su’s honors include victories at the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition and the Christopher Parkening Guitarist Competition, while Ms. Wang was the youngest guitarist to win the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at the age of 12, and was invited by Radio France to perform at the prestigious Paris International Guitar Art Week at age 14. Both young artists had given solo recitals in China and abroad, and had made solo recordings before they formed the duo. In addition to concertizing, the members of the duo share a love for teaching which brings them to major conservatories around the world for masterclasses and to judge competitions. From 2011-2015 they were Artists-in-Residence at San Francisco Performances which brought them to the Bay Area two weeks each year for community outreach, performances, and classes in public schools as well as masterclasses at San Francisco Conservatory.
Mickey Bass’ New York Powerhouse Ensemble
Be-Pop Retrospective (2018) by Mickey Bass
A veteran of the jazz scene since the 1960s, the career of the legendary bassist, composer, arranger, and producer Mickey Bass has spanned decades. He has worked, toured, or recorded with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, Carmen McCrae, Billy Eckstine, David Amram, Freddie Hubbard, Bobby Timmons, Kenny Dorham, Joe Henderson, Ray Bryant, Sonny Stitt, Jackie McLean, Miriam Makeba, and Gloria Lynne, for whom he also served as musical director for seventeen years. As a bandleader, he’s recorded “Sentimental Mood,” and “Another Way Out.”
Bass wrote and arranged the music for as well as conducted the Ellington Jazz Ensemble’s 1977 performance for President Jimmy Carter. He has taught at Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Hartt College of Music. His students have included Wallace Roney, Gregory Charles Royal, Clarence Seay, and drummer Eric Allen.
In 1980, Bass was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Composers' Grant. In 2013, he added author to his credentials with the release of “The Diminished Whole Tone Concept," a book on Bass’ unique system of improvisation.
He received a New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America in 2018. His commission, Be-Bop Retrospective, will be performed with his New York Powerhouse Ensemble.
Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Council Members Adrienne Adams, Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Francisco Moya, Paul A. Vallone, and Jimmy Van Bramer; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.
Support for our programs is also provided by Atlantic Philanthropies Director/Employee Designated Gift Program, Cathay Bank, Michael Cheng / Epos Development, Chinese Overseas University, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Heidi & Jonathan Davis, Exploring the Metropolis, Steven Facey, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, The Glow Foundation, Heather Harrison, Raymond D. Jasen, Jim Henson Foundation, Keith Haring Foundation, Ellen Kodadek, Kenneth Koranyi, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, Law Offices of Vincent Toomey, James S. Liao, Emily Lin / Lin & Loveall Foundation, Linden Arts Fund for Children, Anita Liu, Louis Armstrong Education Foundation, Lyell Korea, Materials for the Arts, William McClure, NYC & Company Foundation, New York Community Bank Foundation, Northwell Health, Queens Art Education Center / Arthur Liu, Queens College, Queens Courier, Georgiana Reese-Benatti, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Vincent Toomey, Mei Ya Tsai, Veronica Tsang, Claire Shulman, Tai & Tony Wang / WAC Lighting, Jay Wegman, Jonathan White, Edwina & Eldwin Wong, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, and gifts made in loving memory of Amal Hussain and Irene and Maxwell Seligman.