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 program.

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) 556- 3061.

Contact: Hannah Griffin ’12, (309) 556-3181