Upcoming Events

Neither East Nor West:

Works by Contemporary Chinese Artists

Neither East Nor West

 Art Exhibition

Date: August 26th - Sept 14th


Location: Todd Art Gallery
542 Old Main Cir, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

 Open Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

FREE Admission



China has undergone a huge industrial and cultural shift in the past 100 years. In the midst of the era of globalization, individuals from different backgrounds and cultures share their experiences, lives, food, art, and music. What was known as "East" and "West" has blurred. Exchanging cultural practices, concepts, and ways of living is common.

Come view the blurring of these cultural lines manifest in the works of these award-winning Chinese contemporary artists. These are the works of a new culture, Neither East nor West. Confined by neither culture and supported by both, these Chinese artists feel free to follow their hearts.



Neither East Nor West:

Art Exhibit Reception

Dr. Christine Kim
Jun Tian
Date: Sept 7th 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location: Todd Art Gallery
542 Old Main Cir, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Featuring cellist Dr. Christine Kim and Jun Tian (pipa)

Performing works of contemporary Chinese composers
Light refreshements provided
FREE Admission




Confucius Day Celebration

Lecture "Chinese Chime Bell: Ritual Music in the Age of Confucius"


Youping Li Pings Bianzhong


Date: September 26th

4:00 pm

Location: Center for Chinese Music and Culture

503a Bell Street Suite 1600, Murfreesboro, TN

Speaker: Dr. Youping Li


FREE Admission


Dr. Youping Li, PH.D in Ethnomusicology and Vice President of Wuhan Conservatory of Music, speaks on the history and construction of the Bianzhong, or chime bells. Bianzhong bells, which flourished during the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BCE), were the most important instrument used in ritual court music. Professor Li has excavated more than 100 bronze bells from his archeological fieldwork. Come enjoy the lecture and a live demonstration of the bell music.



Courtyard Concert:

MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble


Chinese Library Performance


Date: October 1st 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Nashville Main Public Library

615 Church St, Nashville, TN 37219

Robinson Courtyard

Admission is FREE






Step into Asia on a musical journey to the land of silk and jade as the MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble performs ancient and modern Chinese compositions. Exotic music and enticing stories will soothe the soul and stimulate the imagination. https://library.nashville.org/event/courtyard-concerts


Confucius Day Celebration Concert



Date: Oct 2nd 7:30 pm

Location: Hinton Hall, Wright Music Building, MTSU

1439 Faulkinberry Dr, Murfreesboro, TN 37130

Featuring: MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble

FREE Admission 





Confucius (551-479 BCE) was a philospher, educator, and musician. MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble performs a variety of traditional and contemporary compositions.


The River as Song:

A Musical Dialogue Between

Songwriters from the USA and China

Co-Presented with MTSU Center for Popular Music

Date:  Oct. 24th, 8:00 pm 

Location: Analog, Hutton Hotel,

1808 West End Ave. Nashville, TN


 Jim Lauderdale, 2 time Grammy-winner

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Featuring: Yang Su, multiple Chinese national award winnerYangsu2cropWebsize 


The River as Song: A Music Dialogue Between Songwriters from the USA and China is a concert featuring two renowned singer-songwriters: two-time Grammy winner Jim Lauderdale and Su, Yang, a multiple national music award winner from China.

In this concert, the two singer-songwriters share their life experiences as individuals, and together their music explores empathy, love, and humility. They will demonstrate how folk cultures function as cradles of modern songwriting in very different parts of the world and sing songs illustrating how folk culture influences their original music.

Lauderdale’s music spans Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Blues, Soul, and Folk. Jim’s music is described as a collision of “McCartney-esque melodies, Dylan-esque lyrics, bluegrass, and twangy psychedelia.” As a songwriter he has had songs recorded by George Strait, George Jones, Solomon Burke, Patty Loveless, Elvis Costello, Vince Gill, and The Dixie Chicks.

Rooted in the tradition from the upstream of the Yellow River in Northwest China, Su, Yang’s music exploits Chinese folk tunes and western rock style with passion, nostalgia, yearning, and sorrow. His album Virtue (2006) reached over 8 million online stream and was sold and downloaded nearly two hundred thousand times. This is Su, Yang’s first appearance in Nashville.






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