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'Music from China' Ensemble to Visit DePauw Friday

'Music from China' Ensemble to Visit DePauw Friday

October 2, 2003

October 2, 2003, Greencastle, Ind. - Tomorrow, Friday, October 3, DePauw University will host the ensemble Music From China for a free concert of "Music of Silk and Bamboo." The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center. At 3 p.m. in the auditorium of Peeler Art Center, the ensemble will offer a demonstration of Asian musical instruments. Both events are free and open to all, and are made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts and by a grant to DePauw's Asian Studies Program from the Freeman Foundation.

Music From China performs on instruments such as the pipa (lute), erhu (2-string fiddle), dizi (bamboo flute), yangqin (dulcimer) and zheng (zither). The concert will include Chinese music of many different kinds: classical, folk, and new music by today's composers.

Music From China is celebrating nearly two decades of performing traditional and contemporary Chinese music to audiences throughout the United States. Founded in 1984 by Susan Cheng, Music From China has been praised by the New York Times for "grace and virtuosity" of its performance. Artistic director Wang Guowei has led the ensemble in a long list of appearances that have included Princeton University, Eastman School of Music, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Bard College, Peabody Conservatory, UMKC Conservatory, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Weill Recial Hall at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, San Diego Museum of Art, Chautauqua Institution, the 92nd Street Y, Freer Gallery of Art with Yo-Yo Ma, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and Boston Early Music Festival.