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Wu Man: Chinese Pipa Concert

Friday, March 31, 2017, 7:30pm

Buskirk-Chumley Theater

An evening celebrating the Chinese pipa, featuring Grammy nominee Wu Man and ensembles from the IU Jacobs School of Music. Recognized as a premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, 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 as well as high-profile collaborations with ensembles such as the Kronos Quartet and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, Wu Man has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa while spearheading multimedia initiatives to preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions.

The concert will begin with selected solo works for pipa, and then Wu Man will be joined by the JSOM Vera Quartet for the Concerto for string quartet and pipa (Tan Dun, 1999). The program will conclude with Tian Ling (Nature and Spirit) for pipa and fourteen players (Zhou Long, 1992) featuring Wu Man with the JSOM New Music Ensemble (David Dzubay, director). Additional program information and notes available here.

This performance is presented in partnership with the Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach and is a joint presentation of the IU Arts & Humanities Council and the IU Jacobs School.

Event is free, but ticketed. Tickets are available through the Buskirk-Chumley box office.

This event is part of the Indiana University Arts and Humanities Council’s “China Remixed” initiative. To learn more about this initiative and other events in the series, please visit their website here.