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Chinese Musician to Perform

MARCH 31, 2009 | Gao Hong, a musical prodigy and master of the pipa, the Chinese national instrument, will perform a free concert at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Abbott Concert Hall of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building.

Beginning her career as a professional musician at age 12, Gao Hong is a renowned master of the pear-shaped lute called pipa, a musical instrument with a history of more than 2,000 years.

In the concert Gao Hong will display the power of her country's national instrument in musical expression by playing two kinds of instrumentals: civil pieces (wenqu) and martial pieces (wuqu). Generally, civil pieces—such as "Moonlight over the Spring River"—are refined and elegant and played at a slow tempo and soft volume, while martial pieces—such as "Ambush From All Directions" are faster, louder and often depict scenes of ancient battles. Both "Moonlight over the Spring River" and "Ambush From All Directions" are traditional masterpieces that are famous in both China and throughout East Asia.

The concert is sponsored by aa grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the UWRF Asian Studies program, the UWRF Music Department, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

The concert is free and open to all, but seating is based on first-come, first-served basis. For more information contact the Music Department at 715-425-3183.


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