EDMOND — Armstrong Auditorium, 14400 S Bryant, continues its 2012-13 concert series this week with a 7:30 p.m. concert Thursday featuring the China National Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by En Shao, the orchestra will perform the first movement of Xia Guan's “Earth Requiem” and Rachmaninoff's “Symphony No. 2 in E Minor.”
Chuanyuan Li will be the soloist in the “Violin Concerto in D Minor” by Jean Sibelius. A student of Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School, Li won the 2007-08 Hong Kong Arts Development Council Award for music.
Founded in 1956 as the Central Philharmonic Orchestra of China, the orchestra was renamed the China National Symphony Orchestra in 1996. Featuring some of China's top instrumentalists, the Beijing-based orchestra has undertaken numerous tours in recent years, including performances at New York City's Lincoln Center, Chicago's Symphony Hall and Boston's Symphony Hall.
“The China National Symphony Orchestra assembles the most outstanding classical performers in China for a tour of the world's most impressive venues,” said Armstrong Auditorium's house manager Shane Granger. “Ninety professional musicians will fill the auditorium with eloquent, entertaining renditions of western classical music and works by contemporary Chinese composers.”
For more information, call 285-1010 or go to www.ArmstrongAuditorium.org.