Chinese Delegation to Perform

Jan. 30, 2015

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— A delegation of visiting faculty and students from Teachers’ College of Beijing Union University (BUU) will present a concert Feb. 8 at Illinois Wesleyan University. 

Representative of the concert’s theme, “Global Musical Bridges,” more than 10 faculty and students will present selections from composers ranging from Mozart, to Rodgers and Hammerstein, to a folk song from Xinjiang, an autonomous province in northwest China. Performers include pianists, violinists, sopranos, tenors and dancers. Two selections will feature erhu, a two-stringed bowed instrument sometimes known in the West as the Chinese violin.

Other selections on the program include Puccini’s “Vissi d’arte” from Tosca; Hua Yanjun’s The Moon Reflected on the Second Spring,” the masterpiece of Chinese erhu music; an aria from Saint-Saëns’ Samson and Delilah; and Li Zili’s “Fisherman’s Harvest Song,” which portrays the joyful scene of the fisherman’s harvest from the South China Sea.

The delegation from BUU is visiting Illinois Wesleyan as part of a partnership between the Chinese university and Illinois Wesleyan. BUU faculty and students will work with IWU music students during their 10-day visit to Illinois Wesleyan.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium, 1210 Park St., Bloomington. The concert is free and open to the public.