A Night in Ancient and New China
February 20, 2016 - 7:30pm
Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 7:30pm

featuring pipa virtuoso Wu Man
and the Shanghai Quartet

A Women of Substance event
Pipa virtuoso Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet explore the great music of China in a program that features a new multimedia work by the eminent Chinese composer, Zhao Jiping, in collaboration with his son, Zhao Lin, performing some of some of his most famous scores of Chinese cinema – Raise the Red LanternTo Live and Farewell My Concubine, among others. The program also includes a suite of traditional Chinese folk songs arranged by second violinist Yi-Wen Jiang, as well as solo pipa works by Wu Man.  Looking back to their roots, but with a contemporary vision, these artists meld sounds of China with western string quartet and pipa in an unforgettable evening of grand music.

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).

Workshops available! For more info, visit our WoS Fest page, or email oshaughnessy@stkate.edu.

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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.
Groups of 10+ save 15% off tickets.
*Prices include $2 restoration fee.

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.