Pro Musica of Detroit presents the Beijing Guitar Duo in their Detroit debut on Friday. The Valentine’s Day concert program includes works by Bach, Debussy and Piazzollo, as well as the world debut of a new work for classical guitar by Detroit composer John Rake and contemporary works by Chinese composers Tan Dun and Cheng Yi.
Composed of guitarist Meng Su and Yameng Wang, the Beijing Guitar Duo made their New York debut in Carnegie Hall in 2010. Classical Guitar Magazine recognizes them as “having the star potential to serve as inspiration for new generations of guitarists to come.”
The Beijing Guitar Duo performance will take place in the Peter D. and Julie F. Cummings Cube at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (“The Cube at The Max”) in midtown Detroit, home of Orchestra Hall and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14, Valentine’s Day.
Details from Pro Musica:
Individual concert tickets are $45 for cabaret seating and $25 for theater seating. Single concert tickets can be purchased online at promusicadetroit.com and through DSO.org. All tickets include an Afterglow with the Artists. Student tickets are available at the door only at no charge for students with valid ID.
Born in Qingdao, China, each of the Duo comes 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.
The Beijing Guitar Duo has performed in the Concertgebouw, Palau de Musica, Tchaikovsky Hall and the National Theatre in Beijing. The duo regularly collaborates and tours with orchestras, in ensemble with flutist Marina Piccinini, guitarists Grigoryan Brothers, and with their mentor, Manuel Barrueco. Their debut CD Maracaípe, received a Latin Grammy Award.
The evening also features the world premiere of Rural Route No. 5 by composer John Rake which was commissioned by Pro Musica Detroit as is part of their emerging composers program designed to raise visibility of local composers.
The Beijing Guitar Duo will present a student workshop Thursday, Feb. 13 for music students at Wayne State University as part of Pro Musica’s student outreach program.
The Pro Musica experience represents a unique part of Detroit’s cultural heritage that connects audiences directly to the musicians presenting each concert since Béla Bartók discussed his work and led a performance of his works in 1926.
With the intimate venue of the Cube, Pro Musica audience members can sit in cabaret style seating at tables close to the performer. During the program, artists are encouraged to speak directly to the audience about the works and composers they are performing. Afterwards, audience members enjoy the opportunity to mingle with the artists and other audience members at an afterglow reception.
Sponsors of Pro Musica of Detroit
Support for the 93rd Pro Musica concert season includes assistance from Anton Art Center, Bank of Ann Arbor, HOUR Detroit, Lebenbom & Rothman, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and WRCJ 90.9 FM.
About Pro Musica of Detroit
Now in its 93rd concert season, Pro Musica of Detroit is the city’s oldest presenter of chamber music. Past artists have included some of the most well-known names in chamber music including composers Béla Bartók, Maurice Ravel, Aaron Copland, William Bolcom and Michael Daugherty; and musicians Joshua Bell, Paul Huang, Jessye Norman, Amit Peled, and Benjamin Grosvenor.
The mission of Pro Musica of Detroit is to present to its members new and emerging artists, as well as exquisite works that are rarely or infrequently heard – contemporary as well as classical. For more information, please visit promusicadetroit.com.