Between Boundaries

An Evening with Paul Huang

Helen Huang, piano
The Percussion Collective

Between Boundaries
Helen Huang, piano, and The Percussion Collective
Thu, Oct 19, 7:30 p.m.
Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Taiwanese-American violinist Paul Huang is one of the most distinctive artists of his generation, admired for his musicality and unique performances, including an arrangement of the National Anthem for the 2022 opening NFL game in Charlotte, North Carolina. For this musically collaborative program, Huang explores the theme of duality as he partners with members of the world-renowned Percussion Collective—Ji Hye Jung, Jeff Stern, Matt Keown, Michael Compitello—alongside pianist Helen Huang, to create an intriguing mixture of sonic colors. Together, Huang and The Percussion Collective, whose artistic mission includes commissioning new works for percussion, debut two exciting pieces by prolific American composer Kenji Bunch and Taiwanese-American Ke-Chia Chen, co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts and the Taiwan Philharmonic. In addition, listeners will experience Lou Harrison’s Varied Trio for Violin, Piano, and Percussion, influenced by traditional Indonesian Gamelan sonorities; and Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Piano in G Major.

This performance is an external rental presented in coordination with the Kennedy Center Campus Rentals Office and is not produced by the Kennedy Center.

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Program Details

Between Boundaries
Lou Harrison – Varied Trio
Maurice Ravel – Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano in G Major, op. 77
Kenji Bunch – Transcontinental (World Premiere commissioned by Washington Performing Arts and Taiwan Philharmonic, the National Performing Arts Center-National Symphony Orchestra)
Ke-Chia Chen – Witness Tree (World Premiere commissioned by Washington Performing Arts and Taiwan Philharmonic, the National Performing Arts Center-National Symphony Orchestra)

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Our Partners

Washington Performing Arts’s presentation of this project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Honorable Mary V. Mochary, Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, and Susan S. Angell.

Washington Performing Arts’s classical music performances this season are made possible in part through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.

This is one of fourteen 2023-24 season performances included in Washington Performing Arts’s The World in Our City initiative which promotes cross-cultural understanding and cultural diplomacy via the presentation of international visiting artists, globally inspired local programming, and the award-winning Embassy Adoption Program, a partnership with D.C. Public Schools.

Special thanks to the following lead supporters of Washington Performing Arts’s mission-driven work: Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities; and the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.

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