The first rarity of the concert is a concerto for orchestra and pipa. The pipa is a Chinese stringed instrument that has a 2,000-year musical history. The piece of music this weekend is a new concerto for pipa and orchestra by Zhao Jiping.
But also on the program is a concerto by lesser-known composer Zhao Jiping, featuring a solo by Wu Man on a Chinese stringed instrument called the pipa.
"Nu Shu" both entertained and educated the almost full-house audience at the Esplanade's concert hall. The first part of the concert brought us into the Chinese new year spirit with Li Huanzhi's "Spring Festival Overture". This was followed by Zhao Jiping's "The Grand Mansion Gate", featuring erhu star Zhao Lei; and "Hua Mulan", with guzheng expert Yuan Li. Both were so rapturously received that encores of Grigoras Dinicu's "The Lark" and Tan's "Zheng Concerto Movement IV" immediately followed.