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Music From China Added to Performing Arts Series

March 10, 2018

Opening windows to Chinese culture by connecting East and West on March 10

Middlebury, VT—For three decades, Music From China has created a unique place in the music world by playing not only traditional Chinese repertoire, but the latest in contemporary works as well. Critics have praised the ensemble as “musicians of extraordinary accomplishment and sensitivity, performing sophisticated, involving music” (Kansas City Star).

No strangers to Middlebury, Music From China last performed on the Performing Arts Series in 1999, and are frequent visitors to the Summer Language Schools. Their program at the Mahaney Center for the Arts on March 10 will feature a quartet of traditional Chinese stringed instruments, including the erhu (2-string fiddle), pipa (lute), zheng (zither), and daruan (bass guitar).

Music From China is filling in the concert date for the originally scheduled duo of Moody Amiri. Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll explains, “While we were saddened to learn Moody and Amiri were going to be unable to perform on March 10, it was most fortunate to discover Music From China was both available and delighted to sub in. Music From China has a sterling reputation for presenting both traditional Chinese music and contemporary works, are friends of Middlebury College, and we couldn’t have asked for a more consummate or esteemed world music ensemble on moment’s notice.”


About the Ensemble

Since its founding in 1984, Music From China has been on the crossroads of East and West, the traditional and contemporary. In this age of instant new media and globalization, their mission of connecting these musical worlds is more important than ever. They live their mission by providing opportunities for both emerging and established composers to write new works for Chinese instruments, through outreach to schools and universities to offer students hands-on experience with traditional instruments, and through collaborating and performing throughout the United States. The Middlebury concert will include a quartet of extraordinary performers playing traditional Chinese instruments.

Wang Guowei is both a performer on the Chinese two-string fiddle erhu and a composer. He studied at the Shanghai Conservatory and was concertmaster and soloist with the Shanghai Traditional Orchestra. He joined Music From China as Artistic Director in 1996 and also maintains a solo career.

Sun Li graduated from the Shenyang Music Conservatory where she studied pipa (lute) and was a member of the Central Song and Dance Ensemble in Beijing. She has performed with Music From China since 2002. Her recent appearances include the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the 2013 Lincoln Center Festival.

Wang Junling inherits the Henan style of zheng (zither) music from her family. She graduated from Henan University and was soloist with the Henan Song and Dance Drama Academy.

Susan Cheng has maintained a life-long devotion to the promotion and development of Chinese music in the U.S. She founded Music From China in 1984 and serves as Executive Director as well as performing on yangqin (hammered dulcimer) and daruan (bass guitar).


“Repeatedly… new areas have been opened to this listener by the magnetism and shared insightfulness.”—James R. Oestreich, New York Times

“Music From China combines tradition with modern flair.”—Washington Post


Performance Details

Music From China will perform on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets are $22 for adults; $16 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; $10 for youth 18 and under (NEW youth ticket price!); and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or

*Tickets purchased for the Moody Amiri concert originally scheduled for this date/time will be honored.




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Music From China will perform traditional and contemporary works at the Mahaney Center for the Arts March 10.

Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
South Main St./Route 30 South
72 Porter Field Rd.
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-3168 phone
(802) 443-2834 fax