November 1, 1999

Music From China to Perform at the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on Nov. 13

Playing traditional and contemporary music from their native land, Music From China, an ensemble of virtuoso musicians, will perform at the Concert Hall of the Middlebury College Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13. The group will play a variety of traditional and Western instruments dating back millennia.

Since its founding in 1984, the group has appeared at music festivals, universities, cultural centers, libraries, and public schools throughout the United States. The New York Times has praised the ensemble's playing for its "grace and virtuosity."

Music From China's repertoire is extensive, ranging from the earliest written music (sixth century A.D.) to the present. The group's contemporary music introduces audiences to works by distinguished and emerging Chinese composers in a variety of styles.

Music From China also calls attention to the diverse folk life of the group's native land through a large repertoire, from the silk and bamboo music of Jiangnan to folk songs and music storytelling. Dressed in elaborate costumes, the group also brings the spectacle of traditional Chinese theatre to the concert stage in presentations of Cantonese opera.

Among the instruments Music From China plays are two-string violins, lutes, plucked zithers, bamboo flutes, and reeded pipes, as well as drums, gongs, and cymbals. Led by artistic director Wang Guowei and executive director Susan Cheng, the ensemble includes Chen Tao and Hu Jianbing.

Tickets for this performance are $9 general admission and $7 for senior citizens. A pre-performance dinner at 6:30 p.m. will be held at Rehearsals Cafe. To order tickets or make dinner reservations, call the College box office at 802-443-6433.