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New Meetup: “East meets West: Guzheng and Violin” - A Free Concert Event

From: Nora
Sent on: Monday, January 25, 2010 6:18 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Triangle Area Chinese Culture and Language Meetup Group!

What: ?East meets West: Guzheng and Violin? - A Free Concert Event

When: Tuesday, January 26,[masked]:00 PM

Saint Mary's School
900 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

Hi everyone! Sorry for the late notice but I just found out about this! Please see details below. Hope to see some of you there -- it should be a great concert!! Nora (919)[masked]

Smedes Parlor Concert

Tuesday, January 26
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM
Location: Saint Mary's School

The Saint Mary's School Visual and Performing Arts Department presents:

The twenty-ninth season of the Smedes Parlor Concert Series
Join us in the historic Smedes Hall Parlor for:

?East meets West: Guzheng and Violin?

Jennifer Chang, guzheng [see bio below]
Hsiao-mei Ku, violin [see bio below]

**Free Admission**

Jennifer Chang
As a Gu Zheng soloist and a master herself, Jennifer Chang is in demand around world as teacher and performer. In addition to her solo appearances in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, she was a featured artist for the emperor of Japan and the former president Bill Clinton. Jennifer Chang studied with grand masters in China, obtaining master degrees in traditional Chinese music and Gu Zheng performance. In 2001 Jennifer Chang moved to the U.S., where she has been sharing her gift as an instructor and a performer. Since 2004, Ms. Chang has been collaborated with Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra for several concert series including ? Voices of Asia and the Pacific?, ?Creatures ? Scenes & Fairytales?, ?Around the World?, ?China Dream ? Tradition & Technology?. During 2007 season, Ms. Chang featured as a soloist and performed a Chinese composer Zhanhao He?s ?Butterfly Lovers Concerto? with the North Carolina Symphony under the baton of Grant Llewellyn. The concert was named ?One of the season most enjoyable concert.? ??News & Observer? written by Roy C. Dicks. Jennifer was also the first to introduce Gu Zheng to the ballet world and she featured in ?Ballet Festival?, created by Robert Weiss, artistic director of Carolina Ballet in 2007.

Hsiao-mei Ku
Violinist Hsiao-mei Ku is a professor in Duke University's Department of Music and a member of the Ciompi Quartet. In addition to her world wide performing career with the group, Ku also pursues her passion for researching and performing works stemming from her Chinese heritage. Ku has twice led the Ciompi Quartet to perform in China in 1991, to participate the Festival of Bicentennial Celebration of Mozart in Beijing, and in 2002, a concert tour included six cities, Bejing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing and others. Ku has brought the diversity of cultural offerings to the Duke community and beyond. One of her most recent projects has been to unearth and introduce the violin works of the leading 20th century Chinese composer Ma Sicong. Her first CD, ?Violin and Piano Music by Ma Sicong (I?), was released by Naxos in 2007. Of her performances, Strings Magazine reviewer Greg Cahill wrote: ?These expressive works are played exquisitely by violinist Hsiao-mei Ku? This CD features some of the most beautiful recorded chamber music that you will encounter this year, fiercely romantic and filled with heartfelt emotion?. In preparing a second disc of Ma Sicong?s music, Ku has revived and edited several pieces, including his Rondo No.4, which she premiered in December 2007 at the ?First Celebration of Ma Sicong Music Festival? in Guangzhou, China. Her ?Violin and Piano Music by Ma Sicong (II)? just released in the digital format online on October 1, 2009, and the physical release will be in March of 2010.

Hsiao-mei Ku made her d?but at age seven in her native China. She began her professional training three years later at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, at which time its president was none other than composer Ma Sicong. Ku performed on many occasions for China's leaders and foreign dignitaries, first appearing on Chinese television at the age of eleven. At twenty-one she became concertmaster of the Zongzheng Orchestra in Beijing. In recognition of her artistic achievement as a soloist, she won the prestigious Government Award for Best Performance. Ku continued her studies in the United States at Indiana University?s School of Music, where she earned a Master of Music degree with Distinction and was awarded a Performer's Certificate. Ku is engaged widely as a soloist, concertmaster, and chamber musician. Concert tours take her around the world, from the United States to major cities in Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. In addition, her experience and expertise make her a sought after artist for master classes, music festivals, and universities worldwide. Since 1999, Ku has held the post of Visiting Professor of Guangzhou Xinghai Conservatory, appointed by the Department of Culture in Guangdong Province, China.

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