One of the most exciting voices in New Music... Liang is an important musical philosopher, coming into mature expression.

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Image by Ligia Bouton

On October 24, ArtPower and the UC San Diego Department of Music present the world premiere of Inheritance, a new chamber opera by Lei Liang

Inheritance revolves around the bizarre life of Sarah Winchester, the eccentric widow and heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune. According to popular belief, Winchester imprisoned herself in her labyrinth-like home to seek refuge from the spirits of those killed by the same weapons whose manufacture and sale gave her a life of indescribable wealth. With music by composer Lei Liang and libretto by poet Matt Donovan, Inheritance juxtaposes elements of Winchester’s biography with contemporary events in a work that explores America’s deeply complex relationship with guns. Produced by Susan Narucki, the world premiere performances of Inheritance are led by conductor Steven Schick with direction by Cara Consilvio and production design is by visual artist Ligia Bouton. Susan Narucki creates the title role of Sarah Winchester.

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“A highlight [of New York Philharmonic's Contact!] was Lei Liang's 'Verge' for 18 strings. With musicians divided into four sections arranged spatially across the stage, Liang builds on the concept of lines converging and diverging across several sections.” 
-Brian Wise, The Strad

  • October 19, 2018: Nürnberg, Germany
    Song Recollections (string quartet), Formosa Quartet, Meistersingerhalle Nürnberg

  • October 21, 2018: Berlin, Germany
    Song Recollections (string quartet), Formosa Quartet, Philharmonie Berlin, Kammermusiksaal
  • October 21, 2018: Seeley Lake, MT
    Lake (version for saxophones), Awea Duo (Jennifer Cooper, Masahiro Sugihara), 2 Valleys Stage Series

  • October 24, 2018: Pullman, WA
    Lake (version for saxophones), Awea Duo (Jennifer Cooper, Masahiro Sugihara), Washington State University

  • October 24-27, 2018: La Jolla, CA 
    Inheritance (chamber opera), WORLD PREMIERE, Experimental Theater, University of California, San Diego

  • October 25, 2018: Missoula, MT
    (version for saxophones), Awea Duo (Jennifer Cooper, Masahiro Sugihara), University of Montana

  • October 27, 2018: Qingdao, China
    A Million Streams
    (orchestra), Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Hu Yong-yan, conductor, Blüthner Grand Theater

  • October 28, 2018: New York, NY
    Garden Six
    (saxophone ensemble), The Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, Andrew Steinberg, director, Norman S. Benzaquen Hall, DiMenna Center for Classical Music

  • November 3, 2018: Cambridge, MA
    Garden Six
    (saxophone ensemble), The Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra, Andrew Steinberg, director, First Church Cambridge

  • November 11, 2018: Philadelphia, PA
    Aural Hypothesis
    (sextet), Orchestra 2001, Jayce Ogren, conductor, Neighborhood House

  • November 27-30, 2018: Guangzhou, China
    Residency at Chou Wen-chung Music Center at Xinghai Conservatory of Music

  • November 27, 2018: Guangzhou, China
    Gobi Gloria
    (string quartet), Brentano Quartet, Chou Wen-chung Music Center, Xinghai Conservatory of Music

  • November 28, 2018: Vancouver, Canada
    (cello solo), Yijia Fang, cello, Roy Barnett Recital Hall, University of British Columbia School of Music, University of British Columbia

  • December 12, 2018: Beijing, China
    Lakescape VII
    (Chinese bamboo flute ensemble), World Premiere, The Chinese Bamboo Flute Orchestra, Zhang Weiliang, conductor, The Grand National Theater of China

  • January 9, 2019: La Jolla, CA
    My Windows
    (piano solo), Ricardo Descalzo, pianist, Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, University of California, San Diego

  • January 13, 2019: La Jolla, CA
    Aural Hypothesis
    (sextet), NOISE ensemble, soundON Festival, Athenaeum

  • March 4, 2019: Boston, MA
    Five Seasons
    (pipa and string quartet), Yihan Chen, pipa, Carpe Diem String Quartet, First Monday Series, Lawrence Lesser, Artistic Director, Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music


"The performances are, without exception, stellar. But they’d have to be: Lei Liang’s scores seem to demand one delicately constructed dramatic gesture after another. Stephen Drury’s Callithumpian Consort scintillates in the brilliantly colored Aural Hypothesis for small ensemble, and Five Seasons stars Wu Man, rockstar of the lute-like Chinese pipa, alongside the Shanghai Quartet. Passionately, but precisely, these interpreters make a powerful case for Lei Liang as a composer with the ears and the ingenuity to construct a boundless, and boundlessly thrilling, new music.”

     - Daniel Stephen Johnson, New York Public Radio WQXR Q2, Music Album of the Week (Dec. 24, 2012)

Lei Liang presently enjoys a growing reputation as one of the country’s most energizing young composers.

     - David Denton, David’s Review Corner

Lei Liang’s Verge is a gripping and engaging work for 18 solo strings, which are taken full advantage of in their timbre and potential for sound. The music here stands out among many new records for its vitality and directness… 

     -George Adams, American Record Guide, May 2013