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January 20, 2008

Oriental Arts Center concert

Filed under: music, China Tour 3, China — burnett @ 4:19 pm

The concert on Sunday, Jan 20 at the new Shanghai Oriental Arts Center was splendid.  The performers included tradional drums (dagou), flute (dizi ) guzheng, clarinet, piano and erhu.  I’ll get better pics when we repeat on Jan 26 and are joined by the great dizi player, Chaiman Cheng.  Clarinetist Kiera Thompson performed on the tangos, the Middle Eastern melody, and a Bach piece, all arranged for erhu, clarinet and piano.  The concert was arranged by the local community, and the house was full.  The piano is a Hamburg Steinway D, truly a beautiful instrument. The Program

This concert was a typical presentation by Ma Xiaohui in her efforts to bring the erhu into the international world of high art.  She likes to point out that the erhu is widely viewed as a street instrument, and of course she has brought this instrument to the concert stage worldwide.  Quite remarkable, really, and this concert gave the usual offering of traditional Chinese melodies and formal concert pieces, adjacent to Bach, Shostakovich, Duke Ellington, and a couple of Tangos by Carlos Gardel and Astor Piazzola. 

The piano gets tuned…

Ma Xiaohui, Kiera Thompson and the pianist

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