Guest Recital to Feature Musician Yang Wei
January 20, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music will feature
visiting musician Yang Wei in a guest recital Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. in Westbrook
Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St., Bloomington). The performance is free
and open to the public.
Wei is a master of the pipa, a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument that is sometimes
compared to a lute. A past soloist with the National Shanghai Orchestra, he has toured
with the Silk Road Project and famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma since 2000.
Wei is known for blending the Eastern sound of the pipa with Western instruments
and themes. According to Professor of Composition and Theory David Vayo, the concert
will be of special interest to students of the School of Music and IWU’s Asian Studies
At the recital, Wei will perform a composition written for him by Vayo. The piece
is titled Color Garden. “This concert reflects a creative partnership between an IWU professor and a professional
performing artist,” said Vayo.
For additional information on the recital, contact the IWU School of Music at (309)
Contact: Hannah Griffin ’12, (309) 556-3181