ST. PAUL — The Hamline University Music Department together with the Minnesota Global Arts Institute are presenting a concert of traditional Chinese music on Friday, Oct. 18, 8 p.m., in Sundin Hall, Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55104.
The event, “Silk and Bamboo: Chinese Music Untouched”, is part of the 2013 concert series “The Sublime and The Beautiful: Great Music Traditions of India, Indonesia and China.” This segment focuses on the silk-and-bamboo traditions in central and southeastern China, which is considered similar to what is called “chamber music” in the West. Come early at 7:15 p.m. and listen to the artists talk about what to listen for in Chinese music to help those new to the music.
“Silk and Bamboo: Chinese Music Untouched” is part of a residency (Oct. 14 -18, 2013) by an ensemble of master musicians living in Minnesota who are coming together for the first time for this concert and residency project.
Among the artists are Chuen Fung Wong (qin) who teaches at Macalester College, Gao Hong (pipa), who teaches at Carlton College, Yue-Him Tam (erhu) also of Maclaester, and Yezi Yang (hammered dulcimer). These musicians have had extensive experience playing Chinese music inside and outside China.
There will be two pieces from the Shanghai/Yangtze Delta silk-and-bamboo music, one piece from Cantonese instrumental music, one piece from the Hakka instrumental music, among others. All are either in the formats of small ensemble or solo. Ensemble pieces are all in traditional heterophony. Instruments include bowed fiddles (erhu), plucked lutes (pipa), hammered dulcimer (yangqin), plucked zither (zheng), seven-string zither (qin), bamboo flutes (di and xiao).
The concert is featuring traditional musical instruments: Qin (seven-string zither), Pipa (plucked lute), Erhu (bowed fiddle), Gaohu (higher-pitch bowed fiddle), Yangqin (hammered dulcimer), Xiao (vertical bamboo flute) and Dizi (horizontal bamboo flute).
For more information about the musicians go to http://hamlineasianmusic.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/music-of-china.
Tickets for the concerts are by general admission, $12 for adults, $8 for students will be available at the door and by phone through the Sundin Music Hall Box Office, 651-523-2459. Parking at Hamline is free. For directions: http://www.hamline.edu/sundin.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota State Arts Board through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund and support from the National Endowment for the Arts.