Wu Man, pipa
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola

Friday, January 20, 2023 - 7:30 pm
American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street
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$20.00 per ticket

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About This Performance

“What brought us together to create this program is the desire to connect, rediscover, and learn,” says violist Hsin-Yun Huang of her collaborative program with pipa player Wu Man. Juxtaposing folk-inspired music from the 13th century to today, these two master artists have created a listening experience that is “rich, surprising, and full of beauty” through the unlikely combination of these two magnificent string instruments.

Strings of Soul
HuiranDances of the Yi People
ManLeaves flying in Autumn
LigetiHora Lungă
Saygun: Adagio and Allegretto
KnoxNine Fingers
Guo: Two Scenes from the Opera
Chung: Three Folk Songs
Liang: Mother Songs
Sheng: Three Folk Songs (arr. Huang)
Traditional songs: Song of Kazakh (Arr. Man); Big Wave Washes the Sand (Arr. Abing);
Moonlit Night by the River in Spring (Arr. Ouyang)

Please note this program is 75 minutes long and will be performed without an intermission.

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The Artist(s)

Wu Man
Wu Man, pipa
Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man has carved out a career as a soloist, educator, and composer giving her lute-like instrument—which has a history of over 2,000 years in China—a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Through numerous concert tours she has premiered hundreds of new works for the pipa,… Read More
Hsin-Yun Huang, viola
Hsin-Yun Huang has forged a career as one of the leading violists of her generation, performing on international concert stages, commissioning and recording new works, and nurturing young musicians. Ms. Huang has been soloist with the Berlin Radio Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Bogotá Philharmonic, the NCPA Orchestra in Beijing, Zagreb Soloists, International Contemporary Ensemble, the London Sinfonia,… Read More
Sofia Jen Ouyang, composer. Photo by Luke Awtry.
Sofia Jen Ouyang, composer
Sofia Jen Ouyang is a composer interested in the intersection and collision of varying artistic expression, fusing musical, literary, and philosophical concepts into her works. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degrees in Music and Philosophy at Columbia University, and studies with Andrew Norman at The Juilliard School. She is also a mentee of David Serkin Ludwig and Claire Chase.… Read More


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