|1. Unlike its scaled-back
chamber shows, the Firebird Youth Chinese
Orchestra's spring concert will feature full
complement of 100 musicians performing the kind of
rich, orchestral music associated with many Chinese
2. An outgrowth of
music director Gordon Lee's
Eastern Music Center, the orchestra features young
performers born or raised in the United States.
3. It gives
Chinese-American youngsters the chance to explore
their cultural heritage by learning to play such
Chinese instruments as the pipa, the
pear-shaped relative of the lute, and er-hu,
a two-stringed violin.