By Gabrielle Maxey
A joyful rainfall of understanding, friendship and great love. That's what the audience
will experience as China's Hangzhou Normal University presents "An Oriental Monsoon,"
an evening of music and dance Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre at Christian
Brothers University. The event is free and open to the public with seating limited
to the first 500.
The concert is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis.
The program will include classic Chinese dance, instrumental solos, opera pieces and
more. All will be performed by Chinese artists. The CIUM is one of fewer than 10 locations
that Hangzhou Normal University will visit this year in the United States.
"We are honored to host our guests from Hangzhou Normal University as we celebrate
the Chinese New Year," says Dr. Hsiang-te Kung, director of the Confucius Institute
and 75th direct descendant of Confucius. "We are so pleased to host this event at
Christian Brothers University this year as we continue to focus on community outreach
with our school partners to promote the Chinese language and culture."
Hangzhou Normal University is part of the cultural incubator for Li Shutong, a master
of art who helped to bring western music to China by capturing the sprit of classic
China in the rhythm of modern music. Hangzhou's natural beauty inspires the imagination
of its poets and is embodied in legends of great love.
Works will highlight cultures from southwestern China to northern China. The program
will include "Tibetan Lasses," "A Red Drop of Love," "Bathing in the Light of the
Moon," "Mongolian Bowl Dance," "The Rhythm of Martial Arts," "Thousands of Galloping
Horses" and "Thai Lasses."
Chinese opera is a popular form of drama and music theatre in China, with roots going
back as far as the third century CE. Vocalists will perform works from the Yue, Huangmei,
Shanghai and Beijing operas. The program will conclude with "Harvest of Dates" and
"Raise Your Hood."
For more information, contact the Confucius Institute at 678-2595.
|The Confucius Institute at the U of M will host an evening of Chinese music and dance
Feb. 9. "An Oriental Monsoon" is playing a limited number of concerts in the U.S.
and the Memphis performance is regarded as a coup for the Confucius Institute.