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New Meeting: China Dreams: Tradition and Technology

From: Eric
Sent on: Saturday, March 8, 2008 6:49 AM
Announcing a new meeting for The Triangle Area Chinese Language Meetup Group!

What: China Dreams: Tradition and Technology

When: Sunday, April 20, 4:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Who should come: Anyone with an interest in Chinese culture and music should come.
Directions can be found here:

Why: This is a great way to enjoy traditional music from China. If you plan on attending, purchase your tickets then RSVP here so we'll know who to look for at the concert.

Meeting Description: The Raleigh Civic Symphony Association and Music@NCState are pleased to present the concert, China Dreams: Tradition and Technology on Sunday, April 20, 2008 at 4 pm, in Stewart Theatre on the NC State University campus.

He: Lamentation of a Hero: General Yue Fei features the guzheng soloist, Jennifer Chang, in a piece telling the sad story of the famous hero General Yue Fei.

The Map by Tan Dun: Bonnie Thron, cello soloist.
During trips to his homeland, China's Hunan province, in 1999 and 2001, Tan Dun videotaped traditional musicians from the Tuja, Miao, and Dong minority cultures. Their indigenous folk-music is slowly dying, and Tan was searching for ways of preserving and immortalizing their traditions. A commission from the Boston Symphony and cellist Yo-Yo Ma proved to be the opportunity to integrate ideas into a multi-media concerto for cello, video, and orchestra.

In a haunting movement, a girl sings a "Fiege" or "Flying Song" ? sung to a male suitor on another mountain. In filming her, Tan asks her to "sing a song that will go around the world" ? a duet played between the cello and the video, crossing space and time, bringing cultures together.

Tan says: "My greatest wish in composing The Map was actually to meld technology and tradition. Through tradition, technology can be humanized; through technology, tradition can be renewed and passed on. Today, ancient cultural traditions vanish everyday, everywhere. If artists embrace the past and the future within their hearts, miracles will arrive."

Tickets: Adults $10, seniors $8, students $5, children under 12 free
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