PREVIEW: Chinese Stories: a Pipa Solo Recital

This event is being put on by the Confucius Institute Saturday, November 3rd at 7pm in Forum Hall at Palmer Commons. For those unfamiliar with a pipa it is a traditional Chinese string instrument. This instrument has a very special sound, it is plucked similar to a mandolin but has a more forceful and intense sound to it. It could very well be the sound that you think of when you imagine the sound of traditional Chinese music. The performing artists Gao Hong is a distinguished pipa player that has performed in jazz festivals, world premiers, and even played the national anthem at a Minnesota Timberwolves NBA game.  It is a real treat that she is coming to perform at Michigan, and I highly recommend that you make an effort to listen to something new and international and come!

This is the Program for Saturday:

“Dragon Boat,” Pudong version by Lin Shicheng
“Chen Xingyuan Placates the Tribesmen,” by Lin Shicheng
“Dance of the Yi Minority People,” by Wang Huiran
“Moonlight Over the Spring River,” Traditional Chinese pipa music
“King Xiang Yu Takes Off His Armor, ” Pudong version by Lin Shicheng
“Mother-in-law Arguing with Daughter-in-law,” Traditional Chinese pipa music
“Flying Dragon,” by Gao Hong
“Gao Hong on the Highway,” music by Gao Hong; Video design by Dann Hurlbert

Ronald McTrump

I am a senior studying business and I have lots of travelling experience in Asia. I am very pessimistic and opinionated about life, but art brings me happiness and I hope my pessimism isn't apparent in my reviews, for the sake of the artists!

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