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Asian Heritage: Music Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Presenters: Alice Ping Yee Ho, Composer | Claudia Chan, Pianist
Alice Ho’s Strange Luminescence, an 18′ work for solo piano and chamber orchestra, was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting “Starry Night”. This evocative composition is a psychedelic depiction of the images in the painting and beyond. The title “Strange Luminescence” is identified with a prominent piano figure which symbolizes the central entity of an infinite glow through darkness, casting different reflections or influences on its surroundings. The woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion represent the broad bands of shadowy colors of a distorted nature, reacting to the moon’s struck. Both soloist and accompanying ensemble play equal partners engaging intense musical dialogues, fusing and unravelling of contrasting textures and instrumental colors to create idiosyncratic chemistry. Strange Luminescence is commissioned and written especially for the Glenn Gould Music School New Music Ensemble and their distinguished graduate, pianist Claudia Chan (winner of 2010 Eckhardt-Gramatte National Piano Competition), through the support of Ontario Arts Council.

About this event’s guest: Alice Ping Yee Ho
Works by Alice Ho: New opera: CHINATOWN ; Venom of Love-new release on Leaf Music ; The Monkiest King short documentary film (children’s opera)

Opening Remarks: Justin Poy, Honourary Patron, Asian Heritage Month-CFACI
Free Admission. Please register here. Access the virtual event here(Meeting ID: 822 4203 4793 Passcode: 486990)
This event is part of the Asian Heritage Virtual Sessions at Toronto Public Library and is presented by the Canadian Foundation for Asian Culture (Central Ontario) Inc. in partnership with the Toronto Public Library and with the support of many organizations, include the York Centre for Asian Research. The series is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage.


Nov 07 2020


2:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Hosted online by the Toronto Public Library
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