East-West music program, rescued from limbo, rewards enthusiasts

Patrick Tehan, San Jose Mercury News
Apr. 02, 2002

Before it shut down in October, the San Jose Symphony had planned an outreach effort to Asian-Americans, a combination East-meets-West program and paean to the Chinese New Year. When the symphony suspended operations, the artists with whom they had contracted at the San Jose-based Chinese Performing Artists of America were left holding the bag.

But not for long.

Undeterred, Ann Woo, a cofounder of the Chinese arts group, persuaded Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley to present the East-West program Saturday night at the Center for the Performing Arts. The predominantly musical program featured concertos for traditional Chinese instruments, the erhu (violin) and the konghou (harp), plus some operatic singing and the dance suite "The Yellow River."

http://www.fyco.org/members/ of the still shut-down San Jose Symphony Orchestra constitute the bulk of Ballet Silicon Valley's orchestra.


Yongping Tian plays the two-stringed erhu with the Ballet Silicon Valley Orchestra in a program of Chinese music.