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Song of the Pipa: Reimagining the Old and the New A recital by Lan Weiwei featuring the world premiere of a piece by composer Yao Chen

June 1, 2014

Song of the Pipa: Reimagining the Old and the New A recital by Lan Weiwei featuring the world premiere of a piece by composer Yao Chen

When:
Sunday, June 1, 2014 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Where:
Smart Museum of Art
5550 South Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL
Description:
Enjoy a performance from virtuoso Lan Weiwei — one of the best pipa players in China and a lecturer at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.

The pipa, a plucked Chinese string instrument, was often featured in Chinese opera accompaniment. The recital will bridge ancient and modern, featuring Ming dynasty (1368–1644)and other traditional works from the pipa repertoire as well as the debut of a newly commissioned piece by composer Chen Yao (UChicago PhD’12, associate professor in composition at Soochow University School of Music, Suzhou, China).

Plus, see a rare, lavishly decorated Ming dynasty pipa on view in the Smart Museum of Art’s special exhibition Performing Images and hear from exhibition curator Judith Zeitlin, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor in East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Theater and Performance Studies at the University of Chicago.

This performance is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Consul General of Chicago of The People’s Republic of China, the Confucius Institute, and the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago.

This program is part of Envisioning China, a festival of art and culture presented by UChicago Arts. Learn more at envisioningchina.uchicago.edu.
Cost:
Free. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Website:
http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/exhibitions/performing-images-opera-in-chinese-visual-culture/
Contact:
Smart Museum of Art
773-702-0200

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