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U of M and Confucius Institute Will Host "Song of Silk: A Chinese Concert" Oct. 4

For release: September 20, 2011
For press information, contact Riki Jackson, 901-678-3166

Jia Jinsong
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 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.

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.

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