Traditional Chinese Orchestra to play at Valpo University

The Jiangsu Traditional Chinese Orchestra will put on a free concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Chapel of the Resurrection on the Valparaiso University campus.

Anyone who’s interested in Chinese culture and music might want to head to the Valparaiso University campus Monday to hear the Jiangsu Traditional Chinese Orchestra.

The orchestra will put on a free Chinese-American Gala Concert from 6 to 7:30 p.m. It’s helmed by internationally acclaimed erhu master Zhu Changyao, the first Chinese soloist to perform at Carnegie Hall.

The Jiangsu Traditional Chinese Orchestra will perform using traditional Chinese instruments with the the Valparaiso University Symphony Orchestra and more than 300 orchestral musicians from local high schools, including from Highland High School, Portage High School, Culver Academy and Wirt-Emerson Visual and Performing Arts High Ability Academy in Gary.

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Hundreds of musicians from China and the local area will perform composer Zhao Jiping’s “Qiao’s Grand Courtyard Suite.”

The free concert is part of the ninth annual Great Lakes Confucius Institute Music Festival, a cultural exhange that’s hosted by the Confucius Institute at Valparaiso University and the Valparaiso University Department of Music.

For more information, email jianyun.meng@valpo.edu.


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