China Philharmonic Orchestra

with Long Yu, music director and conductor

“One of the world’s 10 most inspiring orchestras.” – Gramophone

The founding of the China Philharmonic Orchestra marks a new chapter in symphonic music in China, now a leading musical center of the world. With unswerving commitment to quality and determined ambition, it ranks as one of the largest and best-known orchestras in Asia. Performances under the inspiring baton of Maestro Long Yu have included Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand with nearly one thousand musicians. Chen Yi’s Four Spirits, commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts for UNC-Chapel Hill Associate Professor of Music Clara Yang, represents the four spiritual animals of ancient Chinese legend: the Blue Dragon in the east, the White Tiger in the west, the Red Phoenix in the south and the Black Xuanwu (a turtle/snake hybrid) in the north. Rounding out the program is Shostakovich’s haunting Symphony No. 5.

Read more about the CPA Commission of Chen Yi’s Four Spirits


Four Spirits for Piano and Orchestra (US Premiere)
—–Clara Yang, piano
Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47


Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank the Trustees for their visionary generosity.

Student Ticket Angel Fund Benefactor

Student tickets for these performances are sponsored by The Phillips Ambassadors Program.