Symphony to feature Chinese soloist


Soloist Min Xiao-Fen will perform for the Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony on Nov. 10 and 11.

The west will meet the east on Nov. 10 and 11 when the Chamber Players of the Greenwich Symphony will feature soloist Min Xiao-Fen, who will play and sing several of her own compositions as well as Chinese folk songs at two concerts.

Ms. Xiao-Fen, an instrumentalist, soloist, vocalist and composer will introduce the pipa, an instrument not well known in the west. She is internationally recognized, not only for her virtuosity on the pipa but also for her ability to intermingle American jazz, blues and bluegrass with traditional Chinese classical and folk music.

The four-string pipa, a pear-shaped lute-like instrument, was known in China during the Qin dynasty more than 2000 years ago, becoming popular at the imperial court during the Tang Dynasty. Ms. Xiao-Fen has had a central role in introducing the pipa to composers, musicians and audiences in the west.

Ms. Xiao-Fen was born in Nanjing, China. When she was 17, and for 10 years thereafter, she served as principal pipa soloist for the Nanjing Traditional Music Orchestra of China. Since moving to the United States in 1992, she has been the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Philharmonia, the San Diego Symphony, the New Haven, the Stanford and the Pacific Symphonies, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the San Francisco Chamber Players, The Amiens (France) Chamber Orchestra and the Nieuw Ensemble in Holland.

As promised by the program’s title, “Two Traditions-West Meets East,” Johannes Brahms, one of the world’s greatest composers, will represent the west in the Chamber Players performance of his beloved Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op. 115.

The concert on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. will be at St. Barnabas Church, 954 Lake Avenue. The concert on Monday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. will be at the Bruce Museum. Audiences are invited to complimentary wine and cheese receptions at each concert.

Individual tickets are $25 at the door. For further information, call 203-637-4725 or 203-869-2664, or visit

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