Traditional and Contemporary Chinese Music for Erhu, Pipa, Zheng and Daruan

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm
Queens Public Library / Elmhurst86-07 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373
Free Admission

New York, NY (June 5, 2017) Erhu master musician and composer Wang Guowei leads a quartet with pipa, zheng and daruan performing Chinese classical and folk music in traditional and contemporary format. The concert features the premiere of Mr. Wang’s The Moon Over Fortified Pass composed for the quartet that re-interprets a 7th century poem set to music. Other contemporary works on the program include Wang Guowei’s Tea House and Zhou Long’s Taiping Drum, both composed for Chinese instruments. The concert is presented free of charge at the Queens Public Library’s Elmhurst branch on Saturday, June 24th at 2:30 pm.

Wang Guowei is Artistic Director of the NY-based ensemble Music From China and has appeared with the group at colleges, universities, cultural institutions and festivals across the U.S. He was formerly soloist and concertmaster of the Shanghai Traditional Orchestra, graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory and music producer on Shanghai East Radio. As solo artist, he has performed with the Shanghai Quartet, Ying Quartet, Amelia Piano Trio, Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Continuum, DaCamera of Houston, New Jersey Symphony, Virginia Symphony, Post Classical Symphony, Ornette Coleman, Butch Morris, Kenny Garrett and Yo-Yo Ma. Wang Guowei founded and conducts the Music From China Youth Orchestra and is Artist-in-Residence in Chinese Music Performance and Director of the Williams College Chinese Ensemble.

Joining Wang Guowei in this concert are Sun Li (pipa), Wang Junling (zheng) and Susan Cheng (daruan).

This program is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.