For release: September 20, 2011
For press information, contact Riki Jackson, 901-678-3166
The University of Memphis and its Confucius Institute will present “Song of Silk,”
an evening of Chinese instrumental music, Beijing opera, acrobatic dance, and folk
songs on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rose Theatre. There is no charge for admission.
Free parking will be provided in the adjacent Zach Curlin garage.
Jia Jinsong specializes in playing “laosheng,” i.e., middle-aged and elder men, in
Chinese theatre and has won a number of national performance competitions. He earned
a master’s degree in Beijing Opera from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts
(NACTA) in 2004 and now teaches there.
The Song of Silk performance group from Binghamton University and members of the National
Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts will perform traditional opera, Chinese dance solos,
instrumental music, folk songs, art songs, and more.
“Cold Breeze Through the Pines” is based on the classic Chinese poem “Listening to
Music” from the Tang Dynasty. The rural folk dance “Hubei Fan” is known for its distinctive
flicking of silk fans, while “Long Sleeves” uses flowing sleeves that incorporate the concept of yin and yang and elements of
Beijing opera and Tai Chi.“Ambush From All Sides” features a well-known Chinese lute score based on a battle
between two armies in 202 B.C. The musical harmony of “A Moonlit River On a Spring Night” paints a tranquil scene
of a river in springtime and gives a vivid impression of ripples over the water.
For more information, call 901-678-2595 or 678-3166, or visit www.memphis.edu/cium.
The concert celebrates the 100th anniversary of the University of Memphis and the
fourth anniversary of the Confucius Institute on the U of M campus.