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Shakespeare Sonnets

Date: November 11, 2012, 3:00 pm

Program Details

The Shakespeare Sonnet Song Cycle
at Castleton Theatre House

music composed by Burnett Thompson



A mosaic of musical styles, My Love is as a Fever is at once jazz, salsa, Chinese traditional music, rock and roll, and Viennese song form. The Song Cycle includes 10 of the Bard's Sonnets set to music by Burnett Thompson. The work was premiered in Shanghai on April 29, 2011 in Mandarin Chinese.

Le Zhang is called "a rising young star with a remarkable gift" by Oscar winner Tan Dun (Crouching Tiger) for their collaboration on the Zen Shaolin Project. She is a leader in the wave of Chinese artists who bring the power of traditional Chinese musical arts to the home of American jazz.

Recent performances include the EMI Shanghai Jazz: Musical Seductions from China’s Age of Decadence . Ms. Zhang often appears on Shanghai television and is a frequent featured performer in the high-voltage Shanghai jazz scene. Le Zhang won the Sir Roland Hanna Memorial Award for jazz performance in New York City and is a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music. Equally at home as arranger and vocalist, she performs regularly in both New York and Shanghai. Her arrangements of Chinese traditional music in modern jazz context have captured the attention of the American and Chinese public alike.

"... smoky voice, magnetic presence, impeccable intonation, and admirable interpretation." All About Jazz

Guest Artist(s)

Le Zhang, Vocalist
John DeSalme, Saxophone
Jin Ruo Wei, Erhu
Burnett Thompson, Pianist
Ephriam Wolfolk, Bassist
Leland Nakamura, Drums

Listen Here Live WPFW Jazz Radio Interview with Larry Appelbaum.

Washington City Paper Interview

Shanghai Interview 中文

YouTube: The Sonnets Live in Shanghai


Theatre House, Castleton Farms
664 Castleton View Road
Castleton ,VA 22716

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