Storytelling in Chinese Music: From Ancient Past to Modern Times

Dear campus community,


Please join us for a performance and presentation by master pipa (Chinese lute) player Gao Hong on Wednesday, March 22, at 8:00 pm in HFA Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.


This is certain to be an exciting event. We hope to see you there! See below for more information on Gao Hong.



Gao Hong,

Gao Hong, master of the pear-shaped Chinese lute, the pipa, began her career as a professional musician at age 12. She graduated with honors from China’s premier music school, the Central Conservatory of  Music in Beijing, where she studied with the great pipa master Lin Shicheng. In both China and the U.S. Gao has received numerous top awards and honors, including First Place in the Hebei Professional Young Music Performers Competition and an International Art Cup in Beijing.  In 2005 Gao Hong became the first traditional musician to be awarded the prestigious Bush Artist Fellowship, and in 2012 she became the only musician in any genre to win four McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians. The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded her with an Artist Assistance Fellowship, three Artist Initiative Grants, two Folk and Traditional Arts Grants, two Arts Learning Grants, two Arts Tour Minnesota grants, and a Cultural Community Partnership grant. She was the winner of a 2012 Global Music Award and USArtists International grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W.  Mellon Foundation. The  Elizabeth & Michel Sorel Charitable Organization, Inc. in New York City awarded her a Sorel Medallion in Recording grant.

Gao has performed throughout Europe, Australia, Argentina, Japan, Hong Kong, China, and the U.S. in solo concerts and with symphony orchestras, jazz musicians, and musicians from other cultures. She has performed at major concert halls and festivals worldwide. Her performances have included those at the Lincoln Center Festival; Carnegie Hall; the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires; the San Francisco Jazz Festival;  the Smithsonian Institution; the Next Wave Festival; Festival de Automne a Paris in Paris and Caen, France; the International Festival of Perth, Australia; and the Festival de Teatro de Europa in Milan, Italy. Her performances of pipa concerti with symphony orchestras include several world, U.S., and regional premieres and performances with  the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony, Heidelberg (Germany) Philharmonic, Womens  Philharmonic (San Francisco), Portland (Maine) Symphony, Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, and others. In addition, she performed with the Lincoln Center production of The Peony Pavilion.

Gao Hong is the Director of the Carleton Chinese Music Ensemble and World Music as well as Senior Lecturer in Chinese Musical Instruments at Carleton College. She is also on the music faculties of Macalester College and McNally Smith College of Music. She is an honorary guest professor at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and is on the board of directors at McNally Smith.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Additional funding provided by the Confucius Institute.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 8:00pm to 9:45pm

Humanities Fine Arts Building, Recital Hall
600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267

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Campus-Community, Students, Faculty/Staff

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