Bright Sheng becomes the first ever composer-in-residence at the Eastern Music Festival this summer. During his residency, Sheng will lead the Eastern Festival Orchestra in his Tibetan Swing on July 18 and 19, the Young Artists Orchestra in his Flute Moon on July 16 and will play the piano during performances featuring two of his chamber works: A Night at the Chinese Opera (July 13) and Four Movements for Piano Trio (July 14).
Gerard Schwarz, musical director of the Festival has known Sheng for many years. "I met Bright when he first came to United States," Schwarz said. "I have been a champion of his composing ever since. He's remarkable; one of the great composers. For the kids to be exposed to a composer on this level and to play under him will be an experience of a lifetime."