May is designated Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The Classics a Day team adopted that theme as well. For the month of May, the challenge is to post examples of classical music composed or performed by artists who share that heritage.
I limited myself to just posting Asian-American composers. And discovered a seemingly limitless number of composers to choose from — both past and present.
Here are my picks for the final week of #ClassicsaDay #APAHM
05/24/21 Thomas Oboe Lee – Violin Concerto
Lee emigrated to the U.S. at age 7. On the faculty of Boston College, Lee’s music has won two Guggenheim and two NEA Fellowships, as well as first prize at the Kennedy Center Awards.
05/24/21 Stella Sung – Paris 1987
Sung is a pianist and composer. She writes both acoustic and electronic music and has several film scores to her credit.
05/25/21 Shuya Xu – Nirvana
Xu is on the faculty of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. His music has been performed and won awards internationally.
05/26/21 Tonia Ko – Tribute
Ko was born in Hong Kong and raised in Honolulu. She’s enjoyed an international career both as a composer and an academician.
05/27/21 Peng Peng Gong – Piano Concerto No. 3
Gong (currently age 29) was a child prodigy, with an international concertizing career. His compositions, including 11 symphonies and 3 piano concertos, have won several awards.
05/28/21 Karen Tanaka – Enchanted Forest
Japanese composer Tanaka has written for the concert hall and film, including an Academy Award-nominated short. Her love of nature is a frequent inspiration in her work.