Memorial Chapel Friday, September 30, 8:00pm
Concert: Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai to Perform at E&H
The appearance of the Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai is a major event of Emory & Henry College’s Arts Series 2011-2012, as well as the 175th Anniversary of the College. The orchestra performs at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011 in Memorial Chapel.
The orchestra is heralded for preserving and popularizing Chinese traditional music and in making it accessible to people of all ages in the region, the nation and the world. All 35 musicians are graduates of top Chinese conservatories and art institutions, and are under the leadership of artistic director and conductor Maestro Wang Yongji.
Maestro Wang Yongji is known as one of the most distinguished conductors in China. He is a native of Shanghai and a graduate of the violin department of the Shanghai Conservatory High School, as well as an honors graduate from the conducting department of the Shanghai Conservatory. He has served many fine orchestras in China during his career. In addition, in 1998, Masestro Wang was a visiting scholar with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he received support and guidance from conductor Daniel Barenboim. He has collaborated with many musicians, including the Chicago Symphony soloists, pianists from the US and Argentina and violinists from Japan d Korea. He has been highly praised by both Chinese and international critics.
The Chinese Orchestra of Shanghai strives to preserve and also renew the traditions that have represented Chinese musical culture for centuries. They feature folk music and the music of the many forms of Chinese Opera (i.e., Peking Opera, Huai Opera, Yue Opera, etc.), ones that are of profound cultural significance for China and for Chinese audiences; they represent the essence of Chinese national musical art.
Outside of China, this orchestra is known for its colorful performances wearing traditional Chinese attire and playing on traditional Chinese instruments, such as the erhu, guzheng, pipa, sanxian, suona, liuqin, sheng, paixiao, yangqin, zhongyuan, jinghu, dizi, zhonghu, konghou, gaohu, and many traditional percussion instruments.
The performance is free of charge to Emory & Henry College students, faculty and staff. Ticket prices for all others are: $12 at the door, $10 in advance, $8 for individuals 55 and older, or students from other institutions. Call Office of the Arts Coordinator, 276.944.6846 or write email@example.com for reservations.
This event is part of the 175th Anniversary Celebration. For more information, visit www.ehc.edu/175.