Watch: The World Premiere of the New Work from SMU Music’s Xi Wang

xiwang-newOn Saturday, March 14 at the Dallas City Performance Hall,  award-winning SMU associate professor of music Xi Wang debuted an exciting new work. Voices of Change, Dallas’s renowned professional new music ensemble, featured two pieces commissioned from the composer: Echo. Poem. Image., composed in 2010, and the world premiere of Tibet Fantasia.

“You feel the sound traveling around you,” Xi said in a Dallas Morning News preview. The premiere was called “dramatic and entrancing” and “often hauntingly beautiful” in the review that followed. In TheaterJones, Wang was similarly praised: “Xi Wang’s two pieces are in a category of their own. Both are multilayered presentations that combine different visual and aural elements.”

For the first time since, hear the full performances from Xi Wang’s premiere (and more) below.

About Xi Wang

Xi Wang joined the SMU faculty in 2009 and teaches composition and music theory. She won a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in 2011, was one of two national recipients of the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2012 and won the national Pi Kappa Lambda Commissioned Music Project competition in 2013. She has also received awards from Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Music Center and ASCAP.

Echo. Poem. Image by Xi Wang, performed by Voices of Change


“Tibet Fantasia” by Xi Wang


Interview with Xi Wang on Echo. Poem. Image. and Tibet Fantasia


Xi Wang’s pre-concert talk with Laurie Shulman (excerpt)


By Nick Rallo