Wu Man, an internationally renowned virtuoso on the Chinese pipa and a core member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, will headline a concert featuring stringed instruments from three continents in the next World Music Series performance at the Eastman School of Music.
Joining Wu Man at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22, in Kilbourn Hall will be Ugandan James Makubuya and American Lee Knight. Performing on such additional instruments as the Ugandan endongo, the banjo, and the dulcimer, the trio will create a series of musical dialogues showing the affinity and variety of the world’s plucked instruments.
While introducing the pipa, China’s classic four-stringed plucked instrument, to Western audiences, Wu Man has worked to give the 2,000-year-old instrument a new role in contemporary music. In addition to cellist Yo-Yo Ma, she has collaborated with the Kronos Quartet, composer Philip Glass, and orchestras in the United States and Europe to introduce audiences and other musicians to the pipa’s unique tonal qualities.
Tickets to the “Wu Man and Friends” World Music concert are $10 to $20 (discounts with University of Rochester or student ID) and are available at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Box Office, 108 East Ave., 585-454-2100, or online at https://www.esm.rochester.edu/concerts/tickets.php .
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Friday, January 22
World Music Series: Wu Man and Friends
Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St.
Admission: $10 to $20, discount with UR or student ID. Available at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra box office, 108 East Ave., by phone at 585-454-2100, or online at https://www.esm.rochester.edu/concerts/tickets.php