The Knights and Wu Man Create a Night of Musical Color

Posted on Feb 18 by SEASONS Magazine

Join UCSB Arts & Lectures in a graceful evening filled with emotive orchestra musicas they bring New York ensemble The Knights with pipa player Wu Man to UCSB’s Campbell Hall  on Saturday, February 23 at 8 p.m. This inspiring assemblage of musicians will perform works of classical and contemporary chamber orchestra, demonstrating the quiet sophistication and beauty of cross-cultural musical fusion.

Wu Man and her pipa. Photo courtesy of UCSB A & L.

Wu Man and her pipa. Photo courtesy of UCSB A&L

Grammy-nominated pipa virtuoso Wu Man is a leading ambassador of Chinese music. She is said to give the ancient pipa (a lute-like instrument) a fresh and exciting role within both traditional and contemporary music forums. Wu Man joins The Knights, an ensemble of New York musicians, to cultivate a vibrant musical environment. Renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma attests to The Knights’ ability to stir listeners. “A chamber music experience in orchestral form,” says Ma.

The program includes Stravinsky’s Concerto in E-flat, the Concerto for Pipa with String Orchestra by American composer Lou Harrison, Debussy’s Prélude à L’Après-midi d’un faune, Milhaud’s Brazilian-inspired Le Boeuf sur le toit and Wu Man’s contemporary Blue and Green, which incorporates Chinese folk music.

If you can’t make this amazing musical performance, Wu Man will be speaking the night prior, Friday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. in UCSB’s McCune Conference Room. Her talk, “Returning to the East,” is free and open to the public.

For tickets or more information, call 805/893-3535 or visit the Arts & Lectures website!

-Grace Piro Delia

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