Chinese Storyteller & Pipa Maestro
Thursday, March 23
Talk @ 6:30pm, Concert @ 7:30pm
Gao Hong, a Chinese musical prodigy and master of the pear-shaped lute, the pipa, began her career as a professional musician at age 12. She graduated with honors from China’s premier music school, the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she studied with the great pipa master Lin Shicheng. In both China and the U.S. Gao has received numerous top awards and honors.
Gao has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and the U.S. in solo concerts and with symphony orchestras, jazz musicians, and musicians from other cultures. She has performed at many major festivals worldwide.
In addition to Gao Hong’s own solo performances of her compositions worldwide, her music has been performed internationally by many world class musicians. In 2000, Song of the Pipa, a play based on Gao Hong’s life and the life of Chinese poet, Bai Juyi, received 20 performances by Theater Mu and featured live musical accompaniment and new compositions by Gao Hong.
“Gao Hong’s contribution to this international dialogue is unique. First of all, she is a virtuoso player of the pipa, the Chinese lute, and that virtuosity and the wide range of emotion that goes with it become an integral element of the music she writes. …… the music (Flying Dragon Concerto) sounded fresh and lively. – Minneapolis Star Tribune
“ … dazzlingly virtuosic soloist.” – San Francisco Chronicle
Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 in advance, $5 for students, $2 off for members.
For more information or to reserve your tickets with a credit card, call (218) 385-3339.
Art History Class
with Pam Robinson
March 2nd & March 30th
Every year the Cultural Center facilitates the ‘Art Adventure’ program in area elementary schools. Community volunteers visit classrooms to teach students about 6 different works of art from the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s permanent collection-curated with a theme in mind. We are now offering a learning opportunity for teens and adults!
In these two sessions, participants will view and discuss three large prints of 2D & 3D artwork from the theme: ‘Friends, Families, and Communities’. We will wrap the evening up by exploring one piece of artwork with the same theme from the Cultural Center’s permanent collection of former Arts Retreat participants work!
Learning truly is a life-long endeavor…