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Rare Music in the Rare Book Room, Jan. 21

The Red Violin: Contextualizing Music in the Chinese Cultural Revolution
When: Friday, January 21, 4-6 PM
Where: Perkins Library, Biddle Rare Book Room

This lecture demonstration will examine the impact of the Cultural Revolution on music in China from a musical, political, anthropological, and cultural perspective. A variety of musical selections will illuminate the interdependence of music and politics and the resulting impact this relationship has had on Chinese music.

Eric Zhou graduated with honors from Duke University in 2010 with a degree in neuroscience, minoring in music and chemistry. Since then, he has been studying music in Beijing under Professor Xiang Zepei, the former student of renowned violinist Ma Sicong. He was one of four musicians chosen from New York State to go to the Kennedy Center and play in the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute on full scholarship, where he was appointed principal second violin.

While at Duke, Mr. Zhou was an active member of the Music Department, where he served as concertmaster of the Duke Symphony Orchestra and studied under Professors Hsiao-mei Ku and Eric Pritchard of the Ciompi Quartet.

Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Rare Music is co-sponsored by the Duke University Musical Instrument Collections (DUMIC) and the Duke University Libraries, with additional support from the Vice Provost for the Arts, the Carrabina Endowment, Friends of DUMIC, High Strung Violins & Guitars, Ruggero Piano, and VoChor Incorporated.
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Posted 12 January 2011

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