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Silk Strings and Bamboo Pipes: An Introduction to Taiwanese Music and Chinese Instruments

  • 343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
  • Presented By: The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments
  • Dates: October 1, 2023
  • Location: Ann Arbor District Library
  • Time: 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free
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Soloists from the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan will host an interactive instrument demonstration at AADL. Participants will learn about the erhu (two-string fiddle), sheng (reed organ), dizi (flute), gehu (bass fiddle), and yangqin (dulcimer). This is the opening event for NCO’s 4-day residency in collaboration with the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments. It is especially geared toward young audiences. Families and children are encouraged to attend.

The National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan (NCO) is a national level orchestra formed by elite professionals from the world of traditional Chinese music. It aims to explore traditions of the region as well as to embrace music of the contemporary era. The orchestra strengthens the foundation of Taiwan’s traditional music through composition, conveys Taiwan’s aesthetic and artistic taste through performance, and aims to promote the music of Taiwan on the international stage.