Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Free: NYC-based Music From China on Tuesday Afternoon, Aug. 8, in Morristown

The Music Beyond Borders series concludes it 2017 summer season on Tuesday, Aug. 8, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on the Morristown Green (rainsite: Morristown United Methodist Church) with Music From China.

photo of Music From China musicians

Music From China

Embracing both traditional and new music, members of the New York City based Music From China have performed with major symphony orchestras, chamber groups and jazz greats such as Ornette Coleman. This performance spotlights music for the erhu (2-string fiddle), yanqin (hammered dulcimer) and zheng (plucked zither with movable bridges).

Hailed by the New York Times and Washington Post as a “master of the erhu,” praised for his “extraordinary” and “gorgeous” playing, Wang Guowei performs on the erhu, the 2 stringed spike fiddle (with snake skin resonator).photo of musician playing stringed instrument

He performs along with yangqin (hammered dulcimer with bamboo mallets) artist Susan Cheng, founder of Music From China, and zheng (21 string zither with movable bridges) virtuoso, Wang Junling, in a program featuring classical and folk arrangements that evoke scenes of nature, Chinese culture and the lifestyle of the Chinese people.

photo of musician playing stringed instrumentAs a proponent of new music, Music From China commissions and performs works that extend Chinese music and instruments beyond traditional boundaries, innovatively mixing Chinese and Western instruments and forming a unique repertoire.

Since its founding in 1986, Music From China has performed more than 130 new works by 79 composers, of which 43 are commissioned and 43 competition prize winners. Music From China is also the first Chinese ensemble to receive an “Adventurous Programming” award from Chamber Music America and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) for creative programs that combine the music of East and West.

The Music Beyond Borders series is presented by Morris Arts.