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Silk Strings and Bamboo Pipes: An Introduction to Taiwanese Music and Chinese Instruments

Sunday, October 1, 2023
4:00-5:30 PM
Off Campus Location
Soloists from the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan will host an interactive instrument demonstration at AADL. Participants will learn about the erhu (two-string fiddle), sheng (reed organ), dizi (flute), gehu (bass fiddle), and yangqin (dulcimer). This is the opening event for NCO’s 4-day residency in collaboration with the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments. It is especially geared toward young audiences. Families and children are encouraged to attend.

The National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan (NCO) is a national level orchestra formed by elite professionals from the world of traditional Chinese music. It aims to explore traditions of the region as well as to embrace music of the contemporary era. The orchestra strengthens the foundation of Taiwan’s traditional music through composition, conveys Taiwan’s aesthetic and artistic taste through performance, and aims to promote the music of Taiwan on the international stage.

The William P. Malm 2023 Performance Series
October 1-4, 2023

This residency is made possible through the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments, with additional support from the Michigan Taiwanese American Organization, U-M Lieberthal Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, U-M East Asia National Resource Center, U-M School of Music,Theatre & Dance, and U-M Center for World Performance Studies.

Part of the U-M Fall 2023 Festival of Asian Music
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, 343 South Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48104
Cost: Free - no tickets required
Event Type: Performance
Tags: Culture, Diversity, Free, In Person, Interdisciplinary, Lecture, Music, Talk
Source: Happening @ Michigan from School of Music, Theatre & Dance, International Institute, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, Center for World Performance Studies

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