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Ching retrospectively noted, "Their devotion to detail and their joy of singing was palpable and infectious.
There was something jaw-droppingly giddy about the whole enterprise.
Ching later recalled, "He played everything from Chopin to Dave Brubeck transcriptions.
He wanted to go into music but his family discouraged him." Ching started piano at the age of six and was quite skilled at it, at one point considering a career as a concert pianist.
When it was finished, the crowd rose in a spontaneous ovation." The San Jose Chamber Orchestra subsequently also commissioned and premiered his Psyche and Eros, a 45-minute composition for narrator and string orchestra, written in collaboration with storyteller Margaret Wolfson, in 2000.
Dan Leeson in San Francisco Classical Voice wrote that "The Ching/Wolfson collaboration is simply marvelous....
Memphis's Tri-State Defender deemed the work an "epic success"; its review of the "enthusiastically received" work noted that "The years of preparation, study, writing, composing, editing and creating that were required to produce this panoramic and worthy opera is mind-boggling." The review found the score "monumental", "masterful", "magnificent and often haunting".
His next opera, an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, is an entirely a cappella work, with the musical accompaniment, including the percussion, sung by a "voicestra" of 15 to 20 voices.
Buoso is charming and unpretentious ...." Opera News noted that Ching uses "a more modern musical mode, yet avoiding excessive atonality.
fine sense of pacing and skill with ensemble writing" and "tonal and tuneful vocal lines ... The reviewer found the voicestra's part remarkable in that it "supports the singers on the stage, its overlapping lines and syllables weaving around them, amplifying their characters and conflicts, sometimes echoing their words (or even their thoughts), or supplying atmosphere.
The voicestra gives the opera an added human dimension ...." The opera is the story of a Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon whose life is transformed by the friendship and kindness of a local rabbi and his wife.
is an American composer, conductor, and music administrator.
A prolific and eclectic composer, he is best known nationally as the composer of innovative operas, including his a cappella adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (2011).