Evening Masterwork: the Butterfly Lovers Concerto

Composer He Zhanhao, who co-wrote the Butterfly Lovers concerto (Photo credit: Rachel Cheung)

The Butterfly Lovers Concerto by Chen Gang and He Zhanhao

Evening Masterwork for April 6, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Long before Shakespeare wrote Romeo & Juliet, a similar story of star-crossed lovers emerged from China. It’s the story of forbidden love that ends in suicide, except in this version, after the lovers’ deaths, the two are reincarnated as butterflies who share eternal love. A thousand years after this story was written, Chinese composers Chen Gang and He Zhenhao wrote the violin concerto The Butterfly Lovers, inspired by the classic tale from Chinese literature. It’s our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR.