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January 27, 2008

Concert 2 at Shanghai Oriental Arts Center

Filed under: music, China Tour 3, China — burnett @ 7:20 pm

Burnett, Xiaohui, Zekro revving up prior to curtain. 

Our second concert at Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Jan 26 at 2 p.m.  On stage were Persian percussionist Zekrollah Aflatuni, clarinetist Kiera Thompson, dizi virtuoso Zhang Zemin, Shanghai percussionist Liu, Ma Xiaohui and myself.  This was one long concert.  The first half was 90 minutes, and I was onstage for the whole period.  We did most of the heavyweight Chinese works and ended with Libertango by Astor Piazzolla, which is finally starting to gel with erhu, clarinet and piano.  The rehearsal/concert combination was a total of about 8 hours.  Therefore it is easy to let your attention waver when it counts.  The 3 hour concert ended with a marvelous feast with excellent fish at the 5 star Renaissance in Pudong.   I could have eaten the whole thing, which would have triggered an international crisis, so I picked at it like everybody else. 

photo1:  Burnett, Kiera, Zhang, Zekro, Liu

photo2:  Shanghai Oriental Arts Center stage door


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