Shanghai Quartet feat. Wu Man, Pipa
The Chamber Arts Series offers a very special program set outside the boundaries of standard repertoire: the acclaimed Shanghai Quartet and pipa (Chinese lute) virtuoso Wu Man unite to perform three new pieces by contemporary Chinese composers for string quartet and pipa. Called 'wonderfully ferocious and illuminating' by The Washington Post, the Shanghai are recognized for their unique fluency in both Eastern folk and Western Classical idioms. This program showcases their exceptional stylistic range with works by composer Tan Dun and a world premiere from the Shanghai's own second violinist Yi-Wen Jiang. Tan, who achieved international fame for his score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, blends elements of Western avant-garde, Chinese opera, and sounds of nature into one of today's most remarkable musical voices. The program concludes with Zhao Jiping & Zhao Lin's Quintet for Pipa and String Quartet.