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Chen Yi: From the Path of Beauty

In Kansas City recently, the all-male vocal group, Chanticleer and the Shanghai Quartet continued the world premiere tour of Chen Yi's From the Path of Beauty.

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City-based composer, Chen Yi has taught for the last decade at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. KCUR's Laura Spencer has this profile.

Chen Yi's works have been described as having an "immediate signature: a blending of Western and Eastern influences and a buoyant enthusiasm." That's also evident when you meet Chen in person.

One of her recent commissions includes From the Path of Beauty. It's a song cycle, commissioned by Chanticleer and the Shanghai Quartet for their respective 30th and 25th anniversaries. It's composed in seven movements, and each is devoted to a different period in Chinese history and a different aesthetic approach...all in under 40 minutes.

The Friends of Chamber Music presented Chanticleer with the Shanghai String Quartet, From the Path of Beauty with world premiere tour of work by Chen Yi and pieces by Ravel and Ligeti, Saturday, January 17, 8 pm, Folly Theater

Kansas City is known for its style of jazz, influenced by the blues, as the home of Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards. As one of KCUR’s arts reporters, I want people here to know a wide range of arts and culture stories from across the metropolitan area. I take listeners behind the scenes and introduce them to emerging artists and organizations, as well as keep up with established institutions. Send me an email at lauras@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @lauraspencer.
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