Music from ChinaMusic from Chinahttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/63392Roberts Marshall Auditorium2009-02-21T15:00:002009-02-21T17:00:00
February 21,2009 3:00PM–5:00PM
Roberts Marshall Auditorium
Concert performed with students from the Department of Music.
Music from China
Concert by "Music from China" with students from the department of music sponsored by the Departments of East Asian Studies and Music. The "Music from China" residency is sponsored by the Hurford Humanities Center through the Kessinger Family Fund for Asian Performing Arts.
. . . an extraordinary musical ensemble that invokes the delicacy and power of traditional & contemporary Chinese music
The rich sonorities and compelling melodies of Chinese music are invoked by four musicians performing on string instruments consisting of the erhu and related 2-string fiddles, pipa (lute), zheng (long, plucked zither), ruan (moon guitar) and yangqin (hammered dulcimer). The musicians will perform masterpieces from the traditional repertoire consisting of classical compositions and regional folk music with an array of stylistic variations, timbral colors, and programmatic content.
The program includes the immortal classical composition "Ambush on Ten Sides," which is a powerful re-creation of a 3rd century battle, and the romance with nature of "A Moonlit River in Spring." Folk music selections span China's broad landscape, from the urban sophistication of Shanghai and Guangdong (Canton) to the open grasslands of the Mongolian steppes and rural villages of northern China.
The concert especially features an East meets West component when Haverford-Bryn Mawr College students Hally Cody, violin; Inez Suhardjo, violin; Emily Marcyk, viola; Evan McGonagill, cello; Michelle Kim, piano; and Anna Moir, clarinet, join the Chinese musicians in two collaborative works. Artistic Director Wang Guowei's Lullaby, inspired by a northeast Chinese folk song and written for a trio of erhu, clarinet and piano, will be given its world premiere performance. A Western string quartet combines with the Chinese quartet in the Chinese Folk Songs Suite where timbral colors and musical textures are greatly enriched by the mixed instrumentation.
As part of a 2-day residency at Haverford College, a workshop on Friday, February 20th at 7:30 pm by Music From China is offered to the public with musicians sharing their expertise on Chinese music through demonstration of instruments and performance techniques. This is woven into a discussion encompassing Chinese musicology, aesthetics, philosophical thinking, cultural and historical context, folk life and contemporary society. The workshop will be held in Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium.
"Music From China"'s visit is sponsored by the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center, the Departments of East Asian Studies and Music, and the Kessinger Family Fund for Asian Performing Arts.
Music From China celebrates twenty-five years of performing Chinese classical and folk masterpieces as well as new music by living composers to audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad. The ensemble was founded in 1984 by Director Susan Cheng and is under the artistic direction of erhu virtuoso Wang Guowei. They have made concert appearances at the Library of Congress, the Boston Early Music Festival, the 92nd Street Y, the Freer Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Avison Ensemble in England, the Eastman School of Music, the Chautauqua Institution, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and colleges and universities including Princeton, Duke, Pittsburgh, Williams, Rhode Island, Dayton, Indiana, Bucknell, Colgate, Vermont, Middlebury, Yale, Wesleyan, Vassar, Lafayette, St. Bonaventure and Illinois/Urbana-Champaign.
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