featuring pipa virtuoso Wu Man
and the Shanghai Quartet
Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Grammy Award-nominated musician Wu Man has carved out a career as a soloist, educator and composer giving her lute-like instrument – which has a history of over 2,000 years in China – a new role in both traditional and contemporary music.Through numerous concert tours Wu Man has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions. Her adventurous spirit and virtuosity have led to collaborations across artistic disciplines allowing Wu Man to reach wider audiences as she works to break through cultural and musical borders. She was named Musical America’s 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, the first time this prestigious award has been bestowed on a player of a non-Western instrument.
Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres including traditional Chinese folk music, masterpieces of Western music and cutting-edge contemporary works. Members include Weigang Li (violin), Yi-Wen Jiang (violin), Honggang Li (viola), and Nicholas Tzavaras (cello).
Wu Man appears on NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert"
Tier 1 $25
Tier 2 $20
Tier 3 $15
Seniors and Students receive $4 off tickets; MPR, TPT, Military, and St. Kate's Community (faculty, staff, alumnae) receive $2 off tickets.
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This performance is supported, in part, by a generous grant from the Boss Foundation.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Touring grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund, and a grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota.
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from The Minnesota State Arts Board, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.