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Music From China; 03/10/2018

Music From China
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8:00pm *
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Robison Hall

For three decades, Music From China has been at the crossroads of East and West, and has carved a unique place in the music world by playing not only traditional 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 series in 1999, and are frequent visitors to the Summer Language Schools. Their program will feature a quartet of traditional Chinese stringed instruments, including the erhu (2-string fiddle), pipa (lute), zheng (zither), and daruan (bass guitar). A Performing Arts Series event. Tickets: $22 General public/$16 Midd ID holders/$10 Youth (18 and under)/$6 Midd students.

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

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Music From China performing for Middlebury's Chinese School in Robison Hall in July 2014. 


Music From China has carved a unique place in the music world by playing not only traditional Chinese repertoire, but the latest of contemporary works as well.

Program to be announced.


Wang Guowei, erhu (2-string fiddle)
Sun Li, pipa (lute)
Wang Junling, zheng (zither)
Susan Cheng, daruan (bass guitar)

Wang Guowei is both performer on the Chinese two-string fiddle erhu and composer. He studied at the Shanghai Conservatory and was concertmaster and soloist with the Shanghai Traditional Orchestra. Joining Music From China as Artistic Director in 1996 and also maintaining a solo career, Wang Guowei has appeared with such artists as the Shanghai Quartet, Amelia Piano Trio, Continuum, Four Nations Ensemble, Virginia Symphony, Post Classical Symphony, Ornette Coleman, Butch Morris, Yo-Yo Ma, and has performed at colleges, universities and cultural institutions across the U.S. and internationally. Wang Guowei's compositions include Percussion Quartet: Kong—Wu; Three Poems for Erhu (erhu/zhonghu, pipa, xiao, percussion); Tang Wind (pipa, zheng, ruan & Western chamber orchestra); Two Plus Two (erhu, yangqin, sanxian & tape); Lullaby (erhu, clarinet & piano); Songs for Huqin and Saxophone Quartet, and Leaving Home (erhu, piccolo, cello). Mr. Wang is recipient of a folk arts fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and commissioning awards from the American Composers Forum, New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Queens Council on the Arts.

Sun Li graduated from the Shenyang Music Conservatory where she studied pipa 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, New Brunswick Symphony Orchestra, and 2013 Lincoln Center Festival.

Wang Junling inherits the Henan style of zheng 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 performer on yangqin (hammered dulcimer) and daruan (bass guitar).

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