Show at a Senior Home:
September 29, 2016
CCMC’s artists celebrated Chinese culture with seniors and staff at Maristone Living, Mt. Juliet, TN. This event is part of “Embrace the World,” a monthly program organized by the Home. It was a wonderful event and the seniors enjoyed our music and calligraphy presentation.
Yabin Yuan demonstrates brush painting.
Zengguang Li playing the hulusi, Chinese free-feed pipe.
Live Beijing Opera October 2016:
A troupe of performers from two of China’s top music schools is coming to MTSU this October to showcase the complex, fiery, and emotional aesthetics of Beijing Opera. This troupe, led by Song Fei, the top erhu (2-stringed fiddle) player in the world, includes many luminaries of Chinese art including Zhang Yao, a renowned vocalist currently serving as director of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA), acclaimed actress Wang Xiaoyan, and master Jinghu (2-stringed fiddle) player Wang Caiyun.
(NACTA Director Zhang Yao)
On Thursday October 13th between 4:30 and 5:30 pm, the troupe will host an interactive workshop in SFA 117 featuring musical performances, costumes, and face painting. Additionally, Zhang Yao will deliver a lecture on the Beijing Opera style.
(Erhu Virtuoso Song Fei)
The following day, Friday October 14th, there will be two performances. The first will be in SFA room 101 from 9:00 until 10:00 am. It will feature an assortment of Chinese folk melodies. The second performance will be in Hinton Hall at 7:30 pm and feature excerpts from Beijing Operas selected to demonstrate the style's vast emotional range.
(Flautist Chen Yuen)
This is an exceedingly rare opportunity to experience authentic Beijing opera live in Middle Tennessee. All three events are free and open to the public!
Wax cylinder recording of the Chinese zheng on an original Edison recorder from 1907
A collaboration between the Center for Chinese Music and Culture and the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Mei Han, Director of the CCMC performed three traditional zheng pieces that were recorded by Martin Fisher.