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  • Members of Sounds of China—the men wearing dark suits and the women dressed in ornate tunics—look at their music stands as they play traditional Chinese instruments.
  • Sounds of China—the men wearing dark suits and the women dressed in ornate tunics—hold their traditional Chinese instruments as they smile for the camera.
  • The Sounds of China musicians play traditional instruments while they all sit facing the audience.

Sounds of China

7:30 pm Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Led by artistic director and composer Ma Jiuyue, Sounds of China features an outstanding ensemble of contemporary Chinese folk musicians that blends the ancient and the new by combining traditional music with modern arrangements.

The group incorporates traditional Chinese instruments—such as erhu (a two-stringed spike fiddle), liuqin (a four-stringed Chinese mandolin), xun (a globular, vessel flute), pipa (a plucked four-string lute), and guhzeng (a Chinese zither)—with Western orchestral instruments.

The Beijing-based ensemble, which has performed to critical acclaim across the United States, is recognized for cultivating appreciation and increasing understanding of traditional Chinese music and culture. The Penn State performance coincides with Chinese New Year, which marks the beginning of the year of the pig.

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Adult $38
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $28

All In

This presentation is part of the Center for the Performing Arts Diversity and Inclusion Collaborative, which seeks to: immerse an array of people in the performing arts; educate the community about cultures and art forms different from the familiar; influence thinking so we become a community that embraces diversity and promotes inclusion; ensure the activities of the collaborative have a sustainable impact on the community. Funds from across Penn State and throughout the community support the initiative. The University’s Equal Opportunity Planning Committee provides lead funding. Sandra Zaremba and Richard Brown provide support.

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This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Crane Group.