The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Presents EAST MEETS WEST with Wu Man, 3/29-30
Festive red Chinese lanterns and elaborate knots decorate Kleinhans Music Hall in honor of pipa virtuoso Wu Man's debut with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, taking place at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30 at Kleinhans Music Hall, 3 Symphony Circle, Buffalo in an M&T Bank Classics Series concert titled "East Meets West."
The décor was provided by the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute. The Institute's mission is to promote the international study of Chinese language and culture. In its four years of existence, it has sponsored Chinese language classes, Chinese New Year celebrations, student and teacher exchanges, and Experience China camps.
Prior to the Saturday evening performance, UBCI will provide exhibits and demonstrations in the lobby on calligraphy, paper cutting, traditional tea ceremony, and medicine. A large contingent of UBCI supporters will attend the concert.
Wu Man is a native of China determined to introduce global audiences to the 2000-year-old Chinese pipa and bring the instrument into the modern era. She performs regularly with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, and in 2013, was the first traditional musician to be named Instrumentalist of the Year by Musical America magazine. She has been featured on PBSNewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In 2011, she was the first Chinese musician featured on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. She was awarded The Bunting Fellowship at Harvard University in 1998, and was the first Chinese traditional musician to receive The United States Artist Fellowship in 2008. She is also the first artist from China to perform at the White House. She will be signing CDs after both concerts.