Betti Xiang

• July 2016 LAKE CONCERT


For returning, Ms. Xiang is invited by the friends orginazation to perform Erhu Solo 2 hour program, with the memory, it might giving refreshing erhu music than ever, such as gaohu, zhonghu and erhu.....

June to Aug, 2015 CHICAGO PARKS CTL


6 Masters of traditional music form across the range of Chicago diverse communities: Greak, Mexican, Africa-America, Chinese, Irish.
The entire projest was promoted by an innovative digital marketing campaign using video monitors in L stations taxicabs elecators driving people to a mobile app that they can pick up anywhere in Chicago to find out what's happening nearby......

May 18, 2014 Chicago Cultural Center


The Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS), Chicago’s resource for experiencing and appreciating the art, music and culture of China, continues its 30th anniversary celebration with the second installment in its year-long series Forces of Nature: The Five Elements Project, amusical survey of China's varied natural environment themed around “Earth and Wood” featuring three Chicago Premieres.  The “Earth and Wood” concert is presented in the Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington StreetSunday, May 18 at 3 pm.  The concert is free and no tickets are required.

In a rare performance, Chicago erhu virtuoso Betti Xiang performs on three different pieces of the huqin family of traditional Chinese bowed string instruments.  The concert also features traditional folk music, contemporary arrangements and original compositions by world-renowned composers, including Pulitzer Prize-winner Zhou Long, renowned New York-based composer Huang Ruo, lauded San Diego-based composerLei Liang and esteemed Beijing-based composer Ye Xiaogang.  The works are brought to life by virtuosic musicians including acclaimed Chicago pianistWinston Choi, renowned Central Conservatory-trained guzheng player YuQi Deng, along with a string quartet comprised entirely of members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

* August 29, 2013- Chicago, Water Tower, IL  

This  fall  only,  September 25 November 10,  2013  — Erhu  soloist Betti Xiang for  over  20  years, also renowned for  her  mastery of East meets West  musicality on the  Chinese  folk-fiddle, will add the  Tony ®  Award-winning  Lookingglass Theatre to her glowing list  of life-time achievements. She joins Lookingglass Theatre for Heidi Stillman's adaptation of French author Marguerite Duras' beloved novel The North China Lover.  

The Chicago  Sun-Times  heralds  Betti  saying  "[Xiang]  mesmerized the  audiences  as much  with her  virtuoso performance as with the  instrument's plaintive voice-like quality, familiar to us through Chinese  opera  and now  through cinema." Xiang triumphantly adds The North China Lover to her crowning list  of featured mediums for  her  style  of erhu playing. "Betti Xiang has an astounding range of musicality on the  erhu, a two-stringed Chinese folk fiddle. In the  hands of Betti Xiang, a 30-year  veteran of the  instrument, she delivers  technically flawless  and deeply vital  and  expressive performances on  the  instrument, "says  Michael Harnichar, Group  Sales Associate  at Lookingglass  Theatre. "We  can't  think  of  a better show  to  introduce Betti to our audiences with, we also hope that  it will  attract many new audience members who  want  to see how  the timeless music and instrument enriches  the timeless art-form of storytelling."  

The North China Lover takes place in the French Quarter of Southern Indochina in the 1930s. Where the impoverished schoolgirl who will someday be French novelist Marguerite Duras is about to meet and captivate a wealthy 27-year-old Chinese aristocrat. With  the older  Duras as our  guide,  The  North China  Lover  transports us on  a provocative and  haunting journey of awakening and sacrifice, revealing the delicate and indelible effect  of life on art.  

The North China Lover by beloved French novelist Marguerite Duras' is adapted by Lookingglass Ensemble member Heidi Stillman (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Hephaestus). The show stars the Tony® Award-winning actress Deanna Dunagan (August: Osage County, Children of a Lesser God) as the older Marguerite Duras; alongside  an extraordinary ensemble of actors  and creatives.

All shows take place at Lookingglass Theatre (821 N Michigan Ave) in the historic Water Tower Works Building, located on the Magnificent Mile near popular Water  Tower  Place shopping mall and dining
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* September 2012
As an Erhu Soloist, Betti is invited by Chicago Chinese Fine Arts Society to perform Chinese Contemporary music concerts at Chicago Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion with friends. Some details need to be announced from CFAS soon.

* August 14th, 2011
Sinfonietta Symphony will be performing a free concert in Chicago Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Sunday, at 6:30 pm to introduce Mei-Ann Chen to the people of Chicago as the new Music Director and Conductor.  Ms. Xiang is invited to play excerpts from Butterfly Lover Concerto as a part of this concert. 

* May 21, 2011
Betti Xiang will premiere Portugal music composer Luis Tinoco new composition with Albany Symphony Orchestra in Troy, New York. Mr. David Alan Miller is the music Director and Conductor in the "World Beat Music Festival" concerts.

* May 20, 2011
Betti shall give the Erhu Recital at EMPAC as World Beat Music Festival by Albany Symphony Orchestra. 

* May 14, 15, 2011,
Colorado Symphony Orchestra invites the Louisville Symphony Orchestra guest conductor Scott Yoo to give the classical concerts.  Betti Xiang is The Erhu Soloist to perform Tan Dun "Crouching Tiger Concerto" in Denver, Colorado.  

* In the end of July 2010, Portugal Foundation Orient Museum is inviting Young Musicians Prize Winner pianist Joana Gama and Erhu Soloist Betti Xiang to perform Recital in Lisbon, and Confucius College in Braga, Portugal. This is Betti first time to visit Portugal and meet the composer Luis Tinoco. Also,it's the continuation of project by American Music Festival. David Alan Miller is the music director and conductor of Albany Symphony Orchestra.

* In May, 2010, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Boston Pop Orchestra invited Chicago very own Illinois Erhu Master Betti Xiang to Boston to gave the erhu coaching sessions for Latin High Schools there. This was Xiang first time visit Boston such a beautiful place and the world desirable music cradle.  The Fidelity Investment and Boston Pop Orchestra give the very strong support . It represents the new step of Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Project at The Harvard University.

* Phoenix Symphony Orchestra and Assistant Conductor Benjamin Rous give the concerts in May 13, 15, 16, 2010 in Phoenix.  Betti Xiang is dedicated to performing Tan Dun "Crouching Tiger Erhu Concerto".  Journey to the South, the Chicago Grant Park Orchestra invited Betti Xiang to perform this concerto in September, 2005 at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago millennium park. The conductor by Chicago Children Choirs Music Director and Conductor Josephine Lee.

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