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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Taipei Chinese Orchestra with pipa soloist Wu Man will perform in concert Friday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.
The Taipei Chinese Orchestra is a large orchestra of time-honored Chinese instruments. The ensemble has been considered a leading exponent of traditional and contemporary Chinese music since its founding in 1979.
In addition to a home season in Taipei's famous Zhong Shan Hall, the orchestra is active internationally, having performed in more than 20 nations in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
"A highlight of the evening's performance is the return to the Weis Center of pipa soloist Wu Man, who performed as a guest artist with the Shanghai Quartet this past fall," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.
"Wu Man was born in China but now lives in the United States. She has almost single-handedly introduced the beauties of the pipa, an ancient, lute-like instrument, to Western audiences.
"On this concert, Wu Man will be featured in a Pipa Concerto, 'The Yang's Saga,' written expressly for her and the Taipei Chinese Orchestra. Other pieces to be performed include fascinating arrangements of Chinese folk melodies and traditional music as well as other works commissioned by the orchestra.
"This is going to be a very special, beautiful, rare, and unusual concert, one that will surprise and delight anyone who attends it," Boswell said. "China has more than just the largest population, it has exquisite and ancient culture and art and music. I really hope people will make a special effort to experience this event and welcome our guests from half way around the world."
Tickets for the performance are $25 per person. Discounts for senior citizens and students are available.
Tickets for Weis Center series performances are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; from the Barnes & Noble at Bucknell University bookstore in Lewisburg, weekdays and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 12:30 to 4 p.m.; or the Campus Activities and Programs office on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Advance tickets also are available online or by calling 570-577-1000. The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour before performances.
The 2010-11 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors, including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.
The next event in the Weis Center Series is The Acting Company's co-production with the Guthrie Theater of Shakespeare's classic and still-moving story of young love, "Romeo and Juliet," on Feb. 19.
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