Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Taipei Chinese Orchestra with Wu Man, Pipa on Feb. 13 at Emory University

Hear the ancient sounds of the pipa along with the dramatic arrangements of the Taipei Chinese Orchestra on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts at Emory University.

Wu Man, pipa virtuoso, joins the orchestra to perform on the two thousand-year-old plucked instrument.

With acclaimed Yiu-Kwong Chung conducting, the Feb. 13 concert program blends traditional Chinese and Taiwanese folk music with a contemporary spirit. Using instrumentation, voices and visual effects, many pieces portray imaginative and dramatic scenes, such as the pipa concerto “The Yang’s Saga.”

The Taipei Chinese Orchestra (TCO), the first professional Chinese orchestra in Taiwan, has long established a high reputation for its versatility and artistic excellence since its founding in 1979. TCO has experienced an era of unprecedented artistic growth, with a reputation for innovative and adventurous programming that has served to broaden the definition of traditional Chinese music.

Renowned internationally as a virtuosic pipa performer, Wu Man has also carved out a career creating and collaborating on projects that give this ancient Chinese instrument a new role in today’s music world, not only introducing the instrument to new audiences, but greatly enhancing and growing the core repertoire.

The performance will be held at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall, 1700 N. Decatur Rd., Atlanta, 30322. For more information, click here.


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