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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This concert is part of the Wagman Century Series. You can subscribe to this series, Build Your Own Subscription, or purchase a season pass. Individual tickets go on sale August 1.

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
Traditional: Jasmine Flower & Dance of Yi
Liang: Mother’s Songs  Philadelphia Premiere/PCMS Co-Commission
Knox: Nine Fingers
Bunch: Three G’s
Ligeti: Hora Lunga

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Special thanks to Susan Giesecke Bloom and A. Charles Winkelman with support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Dot and Rick Nelson, Sid Kaplan, and the American Philosophical Society for their support of our livestream series, and for helping us deliver world-class artistry to audiences around the globe.

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


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