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A Chinese Home - Friday, February 12, 2010

The Kronos Quartet with Wu ManFriday, February 12, 2010 8:00 PM - Ina and Jack Kay Theatre

The Kronos Quartet return to the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts with longtime collaborator Wu Man to perform A Chinese Home. The first half of this performance will feature Tan Dun's Ghost Opera, described by the composer as "a dialogue between past and future, spirit and nature, based on the shamanistic customs of Chinese peasant culture." The program's second half, A Chinese Home, chronicles China's passage through the 20th century and into the 21st in a multi-media performance. A Chinese Home features a dynamic combination of traditional and contemporary Chinese music performed by the Kronos Quartet and Wu Man on pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument similar to the lute. A Chinese Home was inspired by the extraordinary tale of Yin Yu Tang, a 300-year-old house from a southeastern Chinese village that was dismantled piece-by-piece at the turn of the millennium and rebuilt in the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts. Wu Man describes Yin Yu Tang as "the key for us to unlock the past and explore the music of China, not only from the time of this particular house, but across the centuries." Learn more about Riley, Wu Man, the Kronos Quartet, and Yin Yu Tang in the UM Libraries:

  World famous for his scores for the films Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, Tan Dun is a Chinese composer on the cutting edge of contemporary classical music. Learn more about Tan Dun in the UM Libraries.

  Violinist David Harrington formed the Kronos Quartet after hearing George Crumb's Black Angels on the radio and thinking to himself that it was "something wild, something scary" and "absolutely the right music to play." Black Angels was the first piece the Kronos Quartet ever performed, and since then they have appeared on a multitude of recordings and performed new music all over the world. This list features the Kronos Quartet recordings held by the PAL, as well as books containing scholarly essays on the group.

  A list of the recordings held by the PAL that feature Wu Man, as well as information on the pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument similar to the lute.

  A link to the Peabody Essex Museum's website for Yin Yu Tang, the 300 year old structure that inspired A Chinese Home.

 AUDIO CLIP: An excerpt from Ghost Opera by Tan Dun Act I - Bach, Monks, and Shakespeare Meet in Water

 AUDIO CLIP: A second excerpt from Ghost Opera by Tan Dun Act I - Bach, Monks, and Shakespeare Meet in Water

 AUDIO CLIP: Wu Man performs Dengyue jiaohui (Lanterns and Moon Competing in Brilliance) on the pipa