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Chinese Music Concert

May 20, 2017 2PM to 3:15PM

The Cleveland Public Library's "Music at Main" Series
Elegant Sounds from the Palace and Scholar’s Studio:
1,000 Years of China’s Classical Music
《 宮樂典雅,庭韻悠揚 —
又弄清音,還拾雅樂 》
featuring the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble
with guest performers
Ke Li (guqin) and Zhang Wei (voice)
2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017
Fine Arts Department (3rd Floor)
Main Library
Cleveland Public Library
325 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble returns to the Cleveland Public Library for a program of rare treasures from China’s classical music heritage, including instrumental pieces and poetic songs from the Tang, Song, and Qing dynasties, some dating back over 1,000 years. Interspersed among the selections will be several classical poems about music, read in both Chinese and English translation.

The ensemble will perform on an array of instruments including dizi and xiao (bamboo flutes), guan (double reed pipe), sheng (mouth organ), erhu (fiddle), sihu (4-string fiddle), yehu (coconut fiddle), pipa (pear-shaped lute), qinqin (long-necked lute), and a variety of percussion. Joining the ensemble for this performance will be two special guests: guqin (7-string zither) soloist Ke Li (柯黎) and vocalist Zhang Wei (张维), both professors of musicology specializing in ancient Chinese music at China’s Jiangxi Normal University who are spending the 2017-2018 academic year as visiting scholars at Kent State University.

Named a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2003, the guqin zither and its music have been handed down from the scholar-officials who have favored it as a means of self-cultivation for over 2000 years. Featuring a sophisticated technique and possessing a vast repertoire, the guqin is nevertheless rarely heard in the modern day, and Ke Li is the first professional player of this instrument to be in residence in Ohio.


● Medley of Kunqu qupai: Paying Homage to the Son of Heaven (Chao Tianzi, 朝天子) / Ten Thousand Years of Happiness (Wan Nian Huan, 万年欢)
● Cantonese music: Longing in the Palace (Shen Gong Yuan, 深宫怨)
---Poem: Taking Up My Qin in a Boat at Night (Chuan Ye Yuan Qin, 船夜援琴) by Bai Juyi (Tang Dynasty)
● Guqin solo: Three Variations of "Plum Blossoms" (Mei Hua San Nong, 梅花三弄) - Ke Li, guqin
● Guqin solo: Apricot Blossoms Against the Sky (Xing Hua Tian, 杏花天) - Ke Li, guqin
● Wild Geese Alighting on a Sandbank (Ping Sha Luo Yan, 平沙落雁) - Ke Li (guqin) and Jay Xiao (xiao)
---Poem: An Abandoned Qin (Fei Qin, 废琴) by Bai Juyi (Tang Dynasty)
● Tang Dynasty daqu suite: Yizhou Song (Yizhou Ge, 伊州歌) / The Water Drum (Shui Guzi, 水鼓子) - featuring Zhang Wei, voice
---Poem: The King of Qin Drinks Wine (Qin Wang Yin Jiu, 秦王饮酒) by Li He (Tang Dynasty)
● Tang/Song instrumental medley: Song-Poem: Plum Blossoms on the Far Side of the Stream (Ge Xi Mei Ling, 鬲溪梅令, Jiang Kui, Southern Song) / The Waves of Kokonor (Qinghai Bo, 青海波, Tang)
● Song Dynasty ci songs: Spring in Luoyang (Luoyang Chun, 洛阳春) / Pacing the Void (Buxuzi (ling), 步虚子(令)) - featuring Shasha Zhu and Zhang Wei, voice
● Southern Song Dynasty ritual song: On the Southern Hills There is Tai Grass (Nan Shan You Tai, 南山有台) - featuring Zhang Wei and Haochen Qin, voice
● Medley of Chengde Qingyin Shifan (Qing Dynasty palace music) pieces: Autumn Comes (Qiu Lai, 秋来) / Winter Comes (Dong Lai, 冬来)

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