Zhao Lin’s composition, A Happy Excursion, receives its first U.S. performances March 6.

by Clive Paget

How does a new work make the leap from that all-important “light bulb” moment to grand opening night? Commissioning is something of a dark art, a complex brew of orchestras, funders, composers, and soloists. Doubly so, if you’re creating a work for two instruments that are rarely paired and hail from entirely different traditions. In the case of A Happy Excursion, Chinese composer Zhao Lin’s double concerto for cello and pipa (the traditional pear-shaped instrument sometimes called the Chinese lute), it involves a unique set of coincidences and connections reaching back decades…

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