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Huntington's New Visiting Artist Program to Premiere with Internationally Acclaimed Pipa Virtuoso Wu Man

February 28, 2014

 

Residency will include a commissioned work for The Huntington set to debut in June 2015

 

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Wu Man. Photo: Stephen Kahn

 

SAN MARINO, Calif.—In tandem with the opening of a new section of the Chinese Garden, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is debuting the Cheng Family Visiting Artist Program that will kick off with musician-in-residence Wu Man, renowned pipa virtuoso, taking the initial 5-month long residency.

 

Wu Man plays what is often referred to as the “Chinese lute,” a pear-shaped wooden instrument composed of four strings and from 12-26 frets. Recognized as one of the world’s premier pipa virtuosos and a leading ambassador of Chinese music, the Grammy Award-nominated musician  has carved out a career as a soloist,  educator, and composer giving the pipa – which has a history of over 2,000 years in China – a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Through numerous concert tours Wu Man has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa, while spearheading multimedia projects to both preserve and create awareness of China’s ancient musical traditions. A native of Hangzhou, China, Wu Man studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she was the first person to receive a master's degree in the pipa. Wu Man’s efforts were recognized when she was named Musical America’s 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, the first time this prestigious award has been bestowed on a player of a non-Western instrument. She performed at The Huntington last summer.

 

As part of her Huntington residency, Wu will give lectures and a public concert and conduct an outreach program for music students at Elliot Middle School in Pasadena. The culmination of her residency will be to produce a work commissioned by The Huntington; it will premiere at The Huntington in June.

 

“We are delighted to bring Wu Man back to The Huntington for an extended period,” says Chinese Garden Curator June Li. “This program is geared toward helping to create an understanding of Chinese culture through the visual and performing arts, and who better to lead the way than Wu Man. She is masterful in her performance on the pipa, and is also a wonderful communicator and teacher. She not only cares about traditional Chinese music, but also how that music can be made relevant to our contemporary world.” 

 

The visiting artist program is generously endowed by the Cheng Family Foundation based in Pasadena.

 

Contacts

Lisa Blackburn, 626-405-2140, lblackburn@huntington.org

Thea M. Page, 626-405-2260, tpage@huntington.org

 

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Visitor information

The Huntington is located at 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, Calif., 12 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Sunday, and Monday holidays from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Summer hours (Memorial Day through Labor Day) are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Admission on weekdays: $20 adults, $15 seniors (65+), $12 students (ages 12–18 or with full-time student I.D.), $8 youth (ages 5–11), free for children under 5. Group rate, $11 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission on weekends: $23 adults, $18 seniors, $13 students, $8 youth, free for children under 5. Group rate, $14 per person for groups of 15 or more. Members are admitted free. Admission is free to all visitors with advance tickets on the first Thursday of each month. Information: 626-405-2100 or huntington.org.

 

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