MUSIC NETWORK PRESENTS XUEFEI YANG (GUITAR) AND NATALIE CLEIN (CELLO) ON TOUR FROM 20 – 29 APRIL

08 March 2010

“She is a performer of such great magnetism that she sweeps her audiences along with her, so much so that it is almost a shock when she stops playing and you find yourself back in the real world once more.”                 
The Oxford Times on Natalie Clien


“One of the most extraordinary instrumentalists in the world. Ms Yang plays her Spanish music, like her other music, fabulously; with sparkle, clarity and flair.”
The New York Sun



Music Network’s April classical tour features virtuoso guitarist Xuefei Yang and wunderkind cellist Natalie Clein. These two truly spell-binding performers are used to filling concert halls on their own, so don’t miss out on a unique chance to experience their talent at close range during their Music Network tour. Yang and Clein will perform a programme that highlights and celebrates the diversity of this musical partnership, spanning the music of Baroque favourites Bach and Vivaldi, through works reflecting the traditions of Catalonia and China, taking in a little flamenco and nuevo tango along the way, and bringing us bang up to date with two contemporary pieces written specially for the duo. Music Network tours provide a wonderful opportunity to see some of the world’s foremost musicians at affordable prices in venues around Ireland, and are presented in association with The Irish Times and RTÉ lyric fm.  Music Network is funded by the Arts Council. Further information from (01) 671 9429 or www.musicnetwork.ie.

Natalie Clein’s remarkable talent first came to the world’s attention when, aged 16, she won the BBC’s “Young Musician of the Year” award. Since then she has won a Classical Brit award and performed with many of the world’s finest orchestras and chamber music ensembles. If her innate musicality and gorgeous tone weren’t already leaving the critics breathless, she has been fearless in combining traditional repertoire with more experimental pieces.

Clein’s pioneering spirit is more than matched by Xuefei Yang: first-ever guitarist in China to enter a music school or launch a professional career, and first to sign an international recording contract with EMI. Lauded for her “feisty virtuosity”, light touch and precision, Yang gives a new meaning to the phrase “in demand” – in 2003 alone she performed 54 concerts for the “Night of the Proms” Tour, appearing in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany to a combined audience of over 800,000 people!

On Tour:  Tuesday 20 April DUBLIN (The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8:00 PM), Wednesday 21 April, LISTOWEL (St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Thursday 22 April, CORK (Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music, 8:00 PM), Friday 23 April, NEW ROSS (St. Mary's Church, 8:00 PM), Saturday 24 April, TINAHELY (Courthouse Arts Centre, 8:30 PM), Sunday 25 April, KILKENNY (Kilkenny Castle, 4:00 PM), Tuesday 27 April, PORTLAOISE (Emo Court, 8:00 PM), Wednesday 28 April, CASTLEBAR
(Linenhall Arts Centre, 8:00 PM), Thursday 29 April, BELMULLET (Áras Inis Gluaire, 8:30 PM).

PROGRAMME

J.S. BACH Cello Suite No.3 in C Major
CASALS Song of the Birds (arr. Clein and Yang)
VIVALDI Sonata in B flat Op 14 (arr Yang, Clein)
WANG HUIRAN 'Yi Dance'
SAINZ DE LA MAZA 3 pieces for solo guitar
J.S. BACH Violin Sonata No 1 BWV1001
THOMAS LARCHER 'A Sonata - for Natalie Clein' (2009)
STEPHEN GOSS ‘The Autumn Song’ (2009) for cello and guitar
PIAZZOLLA  Milonga en Re (arr. Clein, Yang)
PIAZZOLLA Two pieces from History of Tango
- Bordel 1900
- Cafe 1930
PIAZOLLA Libertango (arr Clein, Yang)

FOR LISTINGS EDITOR

Music Network presents
Xuefei Yang and Natalie Clein (China/UK)
Classical Tour
Tour dates: Tuesday 20 April – Thursday 29 March 2010

Xuefei Yang (guitar)
Natalie Clein (cello) (China/UK)

“She is a performer of such great magnetism that she sweeps her audiences along with her, so much so that it is almost a shock when she stops playing and you find yourself back in the real world once more.” The Oxford Times on Natalie Clien

“One of the most extraordinary instrumentalists in the world. Ms Yang plays her Spanish music, like her other music, fabulously; with sparkle, clarity and flair.” The New York Sun


Tue 20th April, DUBLIN
The Coach House, Dublin Castle, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €15 / €10 / €40 (Family)
Booking Tel.: 01 6719429
Promoted by Music Network

Wed 21st April, LISTOWEL
St. John's Theatre & Arts Centre, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €15 / €12
Booking Tel.: 068 22566
Promoted by St. John's Theatre & Arts Centre

Thu 22nd April, CORK
Curtis Auditorium, Cork School of Music, 8:00 PM
Tickets: Raked seats: €20 (Concs. €15 & €10) & €15 (Concs. €12 & €8)
Booking Tel.: tickets at the door on the night only
Promoted by Cork Orchestral Society

Fri 23rd April, NEW ROSS
St. Mary's Church, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €15 / €8 (students only)
Booking Tel.: 051 421766
Promoted by Music for New Ross

Sat 24th April, TINAHELY
Courthouse Arts Centre, 8:30 PM
Tickets: €16 / €15 / €14 (friends)
Booking Tel.: 0402 38529
Promoted by Tinahely Courthouse Arts Centre

Sun 25th April, KILKENNY
Kilkenny Castle, 4:00 PM
Tickets: €15 / €10
Booking Tel.: 056 7761497
Promoted by Music in Kilkenny

Tue 27th April, PORTLAOISE
Emo Court, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €15 / €12
Booking Tel.: 057 8663355
Promoted by Laois County Council

Wed 28th April, CASTLEBAR
Linenhall Arts Centre, 8:00 PM
Tickets: €15 / €12
Booking Tel.: 094 9023733
Promoted by Linenhall Arts Centre

Thu 29th April, BELMULLET
Áras Inis Gluaire, 8:30 PM
Tickets: €15 / €10
Booking Tel.: 097 81079
Promoted by Áras Inis Gluaire


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