A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

Bright Sheng

Birth icon
December 6, 1955: Sheng Zong Liang (Bright Sheng) is born in Shanghai, Peoples Republic of China.
Performance icon
April 16, 1988: H'un (Lacerations): In Memoriam 1966-1976 for orchestra by Bright Sheng (32) is performed for the first time, in New York.  The work expresses the composer's feelings about the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Performance icon
August 26, 1988: Three Chinese Love Songs for voice, viola, and piano by Bright Sheng (32) is performed for the first time, at Tanglewood, Lenox, Massachusetts in celebration of the 70th birthday of Leonard Bernstein. Also premiered is Lenny B. a song for voice, violin, and piano by David Del Tredici (51) to words of Conarroe. The composer plays piano.
Performance icon
September 22, 1989: Arias and Barcarolles for soprano, baritone, and piano four-hands by Leonard Bernstein (71), to words of Jennie Bernstein, Segal, and the composer, orchestrated by Bright Sheng (33), is performed for the first time, at Tilles Center, Long Island University.
Performance icon
October 28, 1989: Three Chinhai Folk Songs for chorus and orchestra by Bright Sheng (33) is performed for the first time, in Boston.
Performance icon
November 11, 1989: At the 92nd Street Y, New York, Peter Serkin plays a program of eleven premieres of works for piano he commissioned. Included are Interlude I for by Leon Kirchner (70), Feurklavier by Luciano Berio (64), Piano Piece by Hans Werner Henze (63), Les Yeux clos II by Toru Takemitsu (59), the first piece from ...in real time op.50 by Alexander Goehr (57), and My Song by Bright Sheng (33).
Performance icon
April 24, 1990: Four Movements for Piano Trio by Bright Sheng (34) is performed for the first time, in Alice Tully Hall, New York.
Performance icon
October 20, 1990: The Stream Flows for violin by Bright Sheng (34) is performed for the first time, at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. The work is dedicated to Hugo Weisgall (78).
Performance icon
April 9, 1992: The Song of Majnun, an opera by Bright Sheng (36) to words of Porter, is performed for the first time, in Chicago.
Performance icon
September 15, 1995: China Dreams for orchestra by Bright Sheng (39) is performed for the first time, in Seattle.
Performance icon
January 22, 1999: Postcards for chamber orchestra by Bright Sheng (43) is performed for the first time, in Ordway Music Theatre, St. Paul.
Performance icon
January 2, 2000: Nanking! Nanking!, a threnody for pipa and orchestra by Bright Sheng (44) is performed for the first time.
Performance icon
January 6, 2000: Red Silk Dance for piano and orchestra by Bright Sheng (44) is performed for the first time, in Symphony Hall, Boston.
Event icon
October 24, 2001: Bright Sheng (45) receives a MacArthur Fellowship worth $500,000.
Performance icon
April 26, 2002: Tibetan Swing for orchestra by Bright Sheng (46) is performed for the first time, in Brooklyn, New York.
Performance icon
July 26, 2003: Madame Mao, an opera by Bright Sheng (47) to words of Graham, is performed for the first time, in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Performance icon
February 5, 2004: The Phoenix for soprano and orchestra by Bright Sheng (48), to his own words after Andersen, is performed for the first time, in Seattle.
Performance icon
April 25, 2004: Boatmen’s Song, the first of the Two Folk Songs for female or children’s chorus and harp by Bright Sheng (48) is performed for the first time, at the 92nd Street Y in New York. See 18 February 2012.
Performance icon
September 16, 2004: Colors of Crimson, a fantasy for marimba and orchestra by Bright Sheng (48), is performed for the first time, in Luxembourg.
Performance icon
January 16, 2005: La’i for orchestra by Bright Sheng (49) is performed for the first time, in Dortmund.
Performance icon
May 19, 2006: Three Fantasies for violin and piano by Bright Sheng (50) is performed for the first time, at the Library of Congress, Washington.
Performance icon
September 7, 2006: A Night at the Chinese Opera for violin and piano by Bright Sheng (50) is performed for the first time, in Indianapolis.
Performance icon
May 20, 2007: My Other Song for piano by Bright Sheng (51) is performed for the first time, in Rose Theatre, New York.
Performance icon
June 8, 2007: The Nightingale and the Rose, a ballet by Bright Sheng (51) to a choreography by Wheeldon, is performed for the first time, at the New York State Theatre, Lincoln Center.
Performance icon
October 18, 2007: String Quartet no.5 “The Miraculous” by Bright Sheng (51) is performed for the first time, in the Staller Center for the Arts, SUNY Stony Brook.
Performance icon
November 27, 2007: Shanghai Overture for orchestra by Bright Sheng (51) is performed for the first time, at Shanghai Conservatory.
Performance icon
October 24, 2008: Never Far Away for harp and orchestra by Bright Sheng (52) is performed for the first time, in San Diego.
Performance icon
July 3, 2010: Northern Lights for cello and piano by Bright Sheng (54) is performed for the first time, at Troldhaugen, near Bergen, Norway.
Performance icon
July 10, 2010: Just Dance, a ballet by Bright Sheng (54), is performed for the first time, at Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina.
Performance icon
September 10, 2010: Hot Pepper for violin and marimba by Bright Sheng (54) is performed for the first time, in Santa Barbara, California.
Performance icon
April 8, 2011: An arrangement of Shanghai Overture by Bright Sheng (55) for band is performed for the first time, in Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Performance icon
February 3, 2012: The Singing Gobi Desert for erhu/zhonghu, sheng, pipa, yangqin, and saxophone quartet by Bright Sheng (56) is performed for the first time, in Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, New York.
Performance icon
February 11, 2012: Dance Capriccio for piano and string quartet by Bright Sheng (56) is performed for the first time, in Seligman Performing Arts Center, Detroit.
Performance icon
February 18, 2012: Thirty-Mile Village for children’s or women’s chorus and harp, the second of the Two Folk Songs by Bright Sheng (56) is performed for the first time, in Zankel Hall of Carnegie Hall, New York. See 25 April 2004.
Performance icon
April 10, 2012: Melodies of a Flute for flute/alto flute, marimba/cymbals, violin, and cello by Bright Sheng (56) is performed for the first time, in Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Performance icon
October 26, 2012: The Blazing Mirage for cello and string orchestra by Bright Sheng (56) is performed for the first time, in Hong Kong.
Performance icon
November 16, 2012: A Porter’s Song for chorus by Bright Sheng (56), to Chinese folk words, is performed for the first time, at Harvard University.
Performance icon
October 4, 2013: Let Fly for violin and orchestra by Bright Sheng (57) is performed for the first time, in Detroit.
Performance icon
April 4, 2014: Concerto for Orchestra: Zodiac Tales by Bright Sheng (58) is performed for the first time, in Detroit.
Performance icon
July 21, 2014: Deep Red for marimba and chamber ensemble by Bright Sheng (58) is performed for the first time, in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Performance icon
August 20, 2014: Angel Fire Duo for violin and viola by Bright Sheng (58) is performed for the first time, at the Angel Fire Community Center, New Mexico.
Performance icon
September 10, 2016: Dream of the Red Chamber, an opera by Bright Sheng (60) to words of Hwang and the composer, is performed for the first time, in San Francisco.