— Oct.5 Kick-off Will Feature Concert by MacArthur “Genius” Award-Winning Artist
Bright Sheng With Shanghai Quartet, Lectures, Virtual Trip Along Silk Roads, and More —
FLUSHING, NY, Sept. 17, 2010 – Ever since the travels of Marco Polo in the 13th century, people have been fascinated with China. Next month Queens College will launch a yearlong celebration of this ancient country that will include themed musical performances by world-famous artists, lectures by top scholars, workshops, art exhibitions in QC’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum and Art Center, and a virtual guided trip to China’s Silk Roads. The Year of China (YOC) program inaugurates the college’s global education initiative.
“By looking at China, we will learn about ourselves,” says Marleen Kassel, director of QC’s Asian Initiatives, who organized the YOC program.
The celebration kicks off on Tuesday, October 5 with a full day of events, which all take place in LeFrak Concert Hall except where otherwise indicated.
Bright Sheng, MacArthur “Genius” Award-winning QC graduate and Visiting Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, will star in two concerts:
· At 10:00 am he will play piano with the internationally acclaimed Shanghai Quartet. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for seniors, QC alumni, students, and faculty.
· At 7:30 pm he will conduct a program with the college’s Aaron Copland School of Music (ACSM) faculty. The program will feature the music of Bright Sheng, Zhou Long, Claude Debussy, and ACSM composers Jeff Nichols, Bruce Saylor, David Schober and Edward Smaldone. Suggested donation: $10.
Born in Shanghai, Bright Sheng is considered one of the foremost composers of our time as well as a celebrated conductor and concert pianist, whose stage, orchestral, ballet, chamber and vocal works are performed throughout the world. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Guggenheim, Jerome, Naumberg and Rockefeller Foundations. Sheng is internationally recognized as an innovative artist who skillfully weaves traditional Chinese music into his compositions.
· At 2 pm, QC’s Distinguished History Professor Morris Rossabi, author of several books and numerous articles on China, will give a free lecture on life there today. Prof. Rossabi, who has traveled extensively within Asia and Mongolia, is also a contributor to the Cambridge History of China.
· At 3 pm, the public is invited to a free illustrated talk, “Vestiges of the Silk Road in China,” by France Pepper, executive director of Shen Wei Dance Arts, a modern dance company based in New York City. This virtual trip along the Silk Road will explore the art, culture, history and geography of a region that once connected China to Europe and served as the trade route for many exotic goods and the exchange of people, religion and ideas. Formerly the director of arts and culture programs at the China Institute, Pepper has extensive experience and knowledge of the Silk Road and lectures frequently on Chinese art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in N.Y.
See the Year of China website for further details on all current and future events: http://www.qc.cuny.edu/yearofchina. For directions to the campus, go to:
The purpose of Asian Initiatives is to develop and expand innovative Asia-related academic programs and activities for the college, Queens and the greater New York community and strengthen visibility for the college locally, nationally and throughout Asia.