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“Liu Fang Yuan is a small encyclopedia of Chinese
Culture that goes beyond the plants and trees; it is poetic,
lyrical, has art, sculpture, and Chinese philosophy wrapped
in a jewel of a package.”
–Che Zhaohe, Cultural Consul of the People’s Republic of China
The Huntington offers innovative educational programs that embrace a wide variety of individuals including scholars, visitors, teachers, and school children. The Chinese Garden serves as a platform for an assortment of activities from lectures and conferences, to public festivals for families, and educational programs for children and adults. These programs actively promote and further an understanding of Chinese culture – landscape, literature, art, and history – as it relates to gardens.
Why So Few Gardens: Chinese Architecture 1927-1977
Feb. 18, 2014 (Tuesday) 7:30 pm
Nancy S. Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania, examines the careers and buildings of China's four greatest architects from the period of their return to China in the 1920s through the construction of Mao Zedong's mausoleum in 1977. Beginning with their educations in the United States and Japan, and continuing through the tumultuous years of war with Japan, internal strife, and the politics of the 1960s and 1970s, the intimate relation between architecture, modernism, and the political area is explored through the personal struggles and decisions of the men who were given the mandate of constructing a new China.
East Asian Gardens as Social Spaces
Sept. 28, 2013 (Saturday)
This symposium will examine how gardens, both private and imperial, were viewed and used in China, Korea, and Japan. The term “garden” connotes, among many things, shelter, ownership, mental and physical sustenance, and nature’s beauty. In all three countries, gardens were gathering places for the imperial family, literati, scholar officials, poets, musicians, and performers.
Music and Performances
Music in the Chinese Garden
Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m.
Enjoy the sounds of traditional Chinese music Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. in the Chinese Garden. A different solo musician will perform each week, playing unamplified melodies on classical instruments including the dizi, pipa, erhu, yangqin and guzheng. Let the music transport you to another time and place as you stroll through one of the most magical landscapes in Southern California. Musicians include Yunhe Liang on erhu, Yining Qiu on dizi, Meiye Ma on pipa, Langchou Chu on guzheng, and Evelyn Tang on yangqin.
Wu Man: The Liu Fang Yuan Musician-in-Residence at The Huntington, Spring 2014
The Huntington is pleased to announce the
first Musician-in-Residence program inspired by the Chinese garden Liu Fang
Yuan, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance 流芳園.
The internationally acclaimed artist and Musical America's
2013 Instrumentalist of the Year, Wu Man, will be The
Huntington’s first Musician-in-Residence. Known for her
distinguished career as a pipa virtuoso, Wu Man has
performed with many other innovative artists, such as Yo-Yo Ma,
Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet. For The Huntington
Residency, Ms. Wu will present a series of public concerts, lectures,
and school outreach during the spring of 2014. The final
concert will be Ms Wu’s world premiere of a work that she will compose for
The Huntington as part of the Residency.
Generous support for this music series is provided by The Cheng Family Foundation.
Discovering a Musical Heartland: Wu Man’s Return to China
Feb. 10, 2014 (Monday), 7:30 p.m., Ahmanson Classroom
Join us for an evening with Wu Man as she discusses the pipa, Chinese traditional music, and the life of musicians in remote areas of China. In this lecture, she will share the documentary film she created to record the fast disappearing music traditions in rural China. She will also introduce the theme and theory of the commissioned music she will create for Liu Fang Yuan.
An Evening with Wu Man and Kojiro Umezaki
May 20, 2014 (Tuesday), 7:30 p.m., Ahmanson Classroom
Join Wu Man as she discusses her progress on the work she is composing as part of her residency at The Huntington. The evening will include performance by Wu Man accompanied by Kojiro Umezaki on the Japanese shakuhachi.
Wu Man: Final Concert: A Musical Dialogue
June 18, 2014 (Wednesday), 7:30 p.m., Liu Fang Yuan, the Chinese Garden
The highlight of this final concert will be the world premiere of the commissioned music composed by Wu Man during the Residency. Wu Man performs with Kojiro Umezaki on the Japanese shakuhachi and Dong-Won Kim on the Korean jang-go in Clear and Transcendent, the new performance pavilion in Liu Fang Yuan.
Educational and School Programs
Wu Man Outreach
Feb. 11, 2014 (Tuesday), 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m., Elliott Middle School, Pasadena
In this outreach program with one of The Huntington's partner schools, Wu Man will explore Chinese music and instrumentation, including a demonstration of the pipa, for 7th and 8th grade students who study music and perform in the orchestra (approximately 45 students for a 50 minute class session).
Poetry in the Chinese Garden
Taking students to a museum or garden is a wonderful way to encourage their appreciation for, and understanding of, our natural and cultural heritage. The Huntington offers field trips designed to deeply engage students in their personal learning experiences and bring their studies to life. In the "Poetry in the Chinese Garden" program, students use poetry as an entry point to the culture of Chinese gardens, immersing themselves in the garden experience. They compare Chinese and Western landscape styles, learn about the role of literature in the garden, and create and share their own two-line poems inspired by what they see. More about school programs.
Chinese Garden Discovery Cart
Discovery Carts are engaging and educational mobile exhibits that offer new learning experiences to garden visitors. The Chinese cart encourages visitors to learn through culturally-themed activities involving Chinese opera masks, traditional Chinese instruments, poetry, Chinese apothecary, architecture, and Chinese tea preparation all which highlight the scholars garden.