All in the Family
The New York Philharmonic Ensembles concert this Sunday at Merkin Concert Hall will be a family affair, as composer Emily Tu joins forces with her father, Cellist Qiang Tu, and Violinist Kuan Cheng Lu for a performance of her work Dawn to Dusk. The 17-year-old has been performing her own award-winning compositions for more than half her life and is also an accomplished pianist, proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: when her dad was 17, he received England’s Menuhin Prize as a member of the China Youth String Quartet in his native country.
This Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic — and, apparently, the almost sinking of the London Symphony Orchestra, according to this article on WQXR.org. Sadly, the eight musicians who were on the ship did not escape a watery fate after stoically playing until the bitter end, due in part to the brave leadership of violinist Wallace Hartley, according to author Steve Turner in his account, The Band Played On. We knew violinists were made of tough stuff. Join us in memorializing these brave musicians, who recognized the calming power of music in the face of tragedy, and gave their lives in sacrifice. Our hearts will go on.
La Mer de Pianos. Increíble