Mao-era pianist to honor Mozart

first_imgMONTEREY PARK – At the height of the Cultural Revolution, Yin Cheng-Zong owned one of the few pianos in China. At the time, revolutionaries sought to destroy Western artifacts across the nation, and Yin’s piano was in danger of becoming kindling. So he hauled his piano out to the middle of Tiananmen Square, sat down, and started playing. He incorporated the Western instrument into a revolutionary classic, “The Legend of the Red Lantern.” “Everybody over 40 years old from Mainland China, I think they know this music,” Yin said. Yin will perform at 7:30p.m. Saturday in the San Gabriel Civic Auditorium. He will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 and Symphony No. 40. “Mozart is one of my favorite composers,” said Yin, 64, who makes his home in New York. After his Tiananmen Square performance, Yin became a favorite of Chairman Mao’s wife, Jiang Qing. But when she was arrested after the chairman’s death in 1976, Yin was rounded up and thrown in jail. In 1983, Yin was freed and allowed to move to the United States. He has released more than 20 albums and gained mainstream popularity for his “Yellow River Concerto” recording. a tribute to Mozart in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more