Wu Man bringing her amazing Pipa to Wellesley for April concert

Wu Man and Shanghai quartet
Photo by Ben Doyle, via Wellesley College


Wellesley College will host Wu Man, the biggest name in pipa music, and the Shanghai Quartet  for a free and public concert at Alumnae Hall on Sunday, April 3 at 3pm.

Grammy-nominated Wu Man has produced music for the 2004 Olympics in China, toured with Yo-Yo- Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and more.

And about that pipa: It’s a lute-like string instrument said to used for blending East and West musical styles.

The program’s highlights include a new multimedia work by Chinese composer Zhao Jiping in collaboration with his son, Zhao Lin. Wu Man and the Quartet will perform some of the father-son duo’s most famous scores of Chinese cinema, including Raise the Red LanternTo Live, and Farewell My Concubine. The program also includes a suite of traditional Chinese folk songs arranged by Quartet violinist Yi-Wen Jiang, as well as solo pipa works by Wu Man.

While the concert is free, reservations are recommended; tickets can be reserved here or by visiting the Wellesley College Concert Series website.


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