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Hangrui Zhang - Baltimore Prelude

Composer Hangrui Zhang

Composer Hangrui Zhang

Straight from our new album, Approaching, here’s Hangrui Zhang’s Baltimore Prelude featuring photos from the premiere of this exciting new work for chamber orchestra.


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Music: Baltimore Prelude

Composer: Hangrui Zhang

Orchestra: Symphony Number One

Conductor: Jordan Randall Smith

Violin: Trista Wong

Bass: Michael Raymond Rittling

Clarinet: Scott Johnson Jr. 

Bassoon: Mateen Milan

Trumpet: Andy Ezell

Trombone: Sarah Manley

Percussion: Matt Stiens

Producer: Dan Rorke

Album:   Approaching


Photo from the premiere:


 “Baltimore Prelude is a piece that summarizes my experience with the city of Baltimore. In my experience, Baltimore is a vibrant and energetic city, which I have enjoyed. The musical materials and fragments represent the highlights of my experience. Similar to the technique of montage in filmmaking, they are playfully interacting with each other and shifting the sonic image at a fast pace. It is a piece with energy and excitement, reflecting the various images of the city."

 —Hangrui Zhang



Symphony Number One

SYMPHONY NUMBER ONE is Baltimore's newest chamber orchestra, dedicated to performing and promoting substantial works by emerging composers. Led by Music Director Jordan Randall Smith, SYMPHONY NUMBER ONE brings together great composers of the past, virtuoso performers of the present, and the leading compositional voices of the future.

Symphony Number One is Baltimore's Newes Chamber Orchestra, devoted to substantial works by emerging composers.