When president of St. Louis Yangtze River Performing Arts Ensemble asked me to photograph their benefit concert at Incarnate Word Church in Chesterfield, I was overjoyed! (You’ll understand why in a second.) They will hold their first instrumental competition for St. Louis area musicians in October, so they are hoping to raise funds for the upcoming competition.
They had an awesome lineup of musicians for the benefit concert, attracting hundreds of people. Wen Shen (pianist), Yin Xiong (cellist), and Xiaoxiao Qiang (violinist) are all award-winning musicians. Together they put up a great show for a great cause!!!
The opening piece was Mozart’s Piano Trio in B-flat major, K.502, followed by several “show pieces.” The three talented musicians wowed the audience time and time again, and received standing ovation (and flowers) at the end of the show.
Here is what you missed (with links to YouTube videos):
- Davidoff: Romance without words (cello & piano)
- Albeniz: Tango, transcribed by Kreisler (violin & piano)
- Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Concert Paraphrase on “Largo al factotum” from Rossini’s Barber of Seville (violin & piano)
- Ravel: Sonata no. 2 (violin & piano)
- Elgar: Love Letter (cello & piano)
- Tchaikovsky: Waltz-Scherzo, op. 34 (violin & piano)
- Piazzolla: “Winter” from Four Seasons of Buenos Aires (violin, cello & piano)
And they surprised the audience again with a fun rendition ( arranged by Joseph Tyldesley, Music Director at Incarnate Word Church) of the pop song “Brand New” by Ben Rector.
Unsurprisingly, St. Louis Yangtze River Performing Arts Ensemble met their fundraising goal for the night at the end of the concert!
Enjoy these highlights of the day: