Times Change

Saturday, October 6, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. | Beall Concert Hall

Kelly Kuo, conductor | Molly Barth, flute | Min Xiao-Fen, pipa

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 64 in A Major - "Tempora Mutantur"

Zhou Tian: Viaje for Flute and Strings

     Molly Barth, flute

Kevin Lau: Artemis

Daniel Schnyder: Concerto for Pipa

     Min Xiao-Fen, pipa

Our season opens with a bold program of works reflecting the adage to which Haydn alludes in his spirited Symphony No. 64: "The times change, and we change with them." Grammy Award-winning flutist Molly Barth ushers in the changing times with Zhou Tian's Viaje for Flute and Strings, and genre-breaking performer Min Xiao-Fen forges new paths in Daniel Schnyder's Concerto for Pipa, a stunning showcase for the Chinese lute. Kevin Lau's Artemis, a musical portrait of the Greek goddess of the hunt, rounds out this audacious program.


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Molly Barth, flute

Described as "ferociously talented" (The Oregonian) and "an exemplary performer" (Steve Smith, the Log Journal), Grammy Award-winning flutist Molly Alicia Barth specializes in the music of today. In demand as a soloist, Molly has recently performed in Australia, Korea, and Mexico and has played solo recitals and led clinics at esteemed institutions including the Eastman School of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Cincinnati Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, San Francisco Conservatory and Northwestern University Bienen School of Music. 

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Min Xiao-Fen, pipa

Few artists have done more to both honor and reinvent the 2000-year history of the pipa than renowned soloist, vocalist and composer Min Xiao-Fen. An in-demand interpreter of traditional music before relocating to the United States, Min has forged a new path for her instrument in modern jazz, free improvisation, and contemporary classical music. The Village Voice lauded her as an artist who “has taken her ancient Chinese string instrument into the future.”

Ms. Min has collaborated with such inventive luminaries as Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Randy Weston, John Zorn, Christian Marclay, DJ Spooky and Björk. Her Blue Pipa Trio commingles Kansas City swing with Chinese popular music, while her latest release, Mao, Monk and Me, is a deeply personal exploration of Thelonious Monk’s music. Min has been a featured soloist with leading symphony orchestras and recently premiered her score for the long-lost 1934 Chinese silent film The Goddess. Min is the founder of Blue Pipa Inc. ( and currently lives in New York.

Concert Playlist

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Kevin Lau: Artemis

Daniel Schnyder: Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra, performed by Min-Xiao Fen

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