Lei Liang
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Composer Portraits

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Composer Portraits: Lei Liang

Composing is a way to free oneself from the artificial confines of cultural identity, a means to challenge...

Composer Portraits

Lei Liang

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

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As a student, Lei Liang attended class mere blocks from the Tiananmen Square protests; ever since, he has viewed art as a way to counteract violence and find freedom. His compositions pay homage to his Chinese culture while drawing on Western counterpoints. This Portrait, performed by several of Liang’s West Coast colleagues, explores opposing forces, bringing together light and dark, paradise and inferno.


  • Lakescape V  (2016) for baritone, trumpet, trombone, and bass clarinet world premiere, Miller Theatre co-commission
  • Luminous (2014) a chamber concerto for contrabass New York premiere
  • Ascension  (2008) for brass quintet and percussion
  • Serashi Fragments  (2005) for string quartet

Additional Information

Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Frances Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts

With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation