Symposium of Contemporary Music to Host Guests from Sichuan Conservatory of Music,
January 28, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Guests from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Chengdue will be
featured at Illinois Wesleyan University’s annual Symposium of Contemporary Music.
The symposium will include a panel discussion titled “New Music and Music Education
in China” on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. in the Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall
(1210 N. Park St., Bloomington) and a concert of music at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb.
4, also in the Westbrook Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public.
The symposium, which began in 1952, brings prominent guest composers and performers
to campus each year. The guests participate in discussion of music-related issues,
and Illinois Wesleyan faculty and students perform the work of the visiting composers.
This year’s guests from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, Chengue are Yang Xiaozhong,
composer, Song Mingzhu, composer, and Zhou Tianli, guzheng player.
Yang is a professor and the director of the composition teaching and research sections
at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music. In addition to having his work featured worldwide,
Yang has received awards from the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education, and
the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television. He has also been the featured
composer for many national cultural events in China.
Song, a professor and director of the composition department of the Sichuan Conservatory
of Music, has been invited as both a scholar and judge to multiple countries including
Japan, Switzerland, Korea, and the United States. He was awarded the first prize from
both the Sichuan provincial government and China’s Education Ministry for the Sichuan
Higher Education Achievement and Excellent Music Education Award, and has won numerous
prizes in other top competitions in China.
Zhou is a member of the China National Orchestral Society, China Guzheng Society,
and Tianlai Guzheng Band of the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, as well as a faculty
member there. Zhou has won numerous gold and first place prizes for her mastery of
the guzheng (which is a plucked zither) including Women’s Musical Instrument Competition,
the China, Japan, and South Korea Youth Art Talent Competition, and the FangYing Cup
All-China Guzheng Competition.
“In 2007, I attended two concerts presented by the Conservatory, and was thrilled
by the beauty and craftsmanship of the compositions I heard as well as the vigor and
musicianship of the performers. In particular, I was struck by how organically many
characteristics of traditional Chinese music interfaced with elements of contemporary
western concert music,” Illinois Wesleyan Professor David Vayo said of his decision
to bring these guests to IWU.
For additional information, contact the School of Music Office at (309) 556-3061.
Contact: Kasey Evans ’12, (309) 556-3181