On the evening of May 12th, 2019, Mr. Yu Heng, the chairman of the Yu Art Foundation appeared with the Gagliano violin he had most recently purchased in the night show of Yale’s a cappella group Spizzwinks at CBD Wanke Metropolitan in Beijing, bringing the instrument’s beautiful, noble sound to the guests and international friends.
Mr. Yu Heng and the Galiano violin
This newly collected violin is a superb piece made by Gennaro Gagliano in 1750. Gennaro Gagliano is regarded as possibly the best and most versatile craftsman of the illustrious Gagliano family; he contributed to the evolution of the Neapolitan style. This violin was a superior piece made at the height of his career. Its warm-red varnish and splendid playing quality reveal the sense of nobility of the Gagliano violin.
This night show of Spizzwinks, intended for the members of the council of the 2005 Committee and their guests, was the first show during their Chinese tour this year. As a member of the council of the 2005 Committee, Mr. Yu Heng performed two pieces of music with the Gagliano violin during the show - Schumann’s ‘Traumerei’ and the famous Chinese song ‘Pastoral’, together with the pianist Mrs. Liang Wei.
Mr. Yu Heng performed with pianist Mrs. Liang Wei
Founded in 1914, the Spizzwinks, stylized as the Spizzwinks(?), is America’s oldest underclassman a cappella singing group. During the performance, the Spizzwinks presented 21 songs of various styles, and to our surprise they also performed ‘Hao Han Ge’ and ‘Olive Tree’ in Chinese language. The choral members took turns to lead at the front, while the others harmonised in four voice parts with dancing and theatrical elements, presenting an interesting and lively stage show.
Reference: wechat official account ‘2005 Committee’