Chinese Garden News - World Premiere Performance

June 30, 2014
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The Chinese Garden’s new Clear and Transcendent pavilion made its debut as one of the most enchanting concert venues in the United States during a series of concerts in May and June by pipa virtuoso Wu Man. The internationally acclaimed musician held a five-month post as The Huntington’s first musician in residence, inaugurating the Cheng Family Visiting Artist Program. Known for her distinguished career as a pipa virtuoso, Wu Man has performed internationally with such innovative artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Philip Glass and the Kronos Quartet.

 

An event held on the evening of May 19 recognized donors and friends of the Chinese Garden and thanked them for their support. It was followed by a similar event open to the public on May 20. Jennifer Cheng from the Cheng Family Foundation, welcomed guests and spoke about her parents’ passion for the Chinese Garden and support for programs such as the Cheng Family Visiting Artist Series. Wu Man performed along with Kojiro Umezaki on the Japanese shakuhachi (flute), followed by a discussion on the progress of the composition she has been developing for The Huntington.

 

In June, Wu’s residency culminated with the world premiere of her new composition, commissioned by The Huntington, titled “Three Sharing.” Wu was joined in the exhilarating Chinese Garden lakeside performance by musicians Kojiro Umezaki on the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute, and Dong-Won Kim on the jang-go, a Korean drum.

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