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Yulan — a new score from the esteemed composer Paul Chihara written for the Dalian Acrobatic Troupe of China.

Yulan, an acrobatic, dance and visual extravaganza featuring the Dalian Acrobatic Troupe of China came about as a collaboration between dancer/choreographer Dennis Nahat, his Chinese colleagues, and composer Paul Chihara. Nahat, who was artistic director of the Ballet San Jose and founder of Theatre Ventures International School and Productions, was invited to China by Zhao Bin to create a work of international scope for the Dalian Acrobatic Troupe of China. Nahat enlisted Paul Chihara to compose music for the production and subsequently to conduct the orchestra for the performances and recording. The premiere took place November 28, 2012 in Dalian, China. Yulan means a magnolia flower and is one of the earliest flowers to bloom in the spring in Shanghai. Paul Chihara has composed scores for more than 100 motion pictures and television series. He was awarded the Composer-of-the-Year by the Classical Recording Foundation in 2008 and is on the faculty at UCLA.
Paul Chihara, composer
International Chief Philharmonic Orchestra of Beijing

“From the opening…the listener realizes that this work is not quite like anything he’s heard previously. …Chihara throughout maintains interest through a masterful combina-tion of tonal and less tonal sonorities. The listener is kept on the edge of his seat trying to guess what this supremely inventive composer will come up with next. …There is some really virtuoso writing here…and the orchestra is more than equal to the challenge. …All in all, this Albany release is simply not to be forgotten and receives my highest recom-mendation.” (Fanfare)
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