Chinese Theatre Works offers a range of instrumental music programs, featuring some of the most talented Chinese classical and folk musicians in the U.S. These programs present gems of Chinese music performed on the sheng (Chinese mouth organ), guzheng (zither), pipa (lute), flute, erhu (two-string fiddle), and other traditional Chinese instruments. All programs include an introduction to Chinese folk and classical music, and to the lore and mythology of the featured instruments.
Chinese Theatre Works’ musicians are classically trained artists who have performed with some of China’s best ensembles. In many cases they come from families with histories of up to ten generations of devotion to their instrument. Many have won awards as soloists, and several serve on the Chinese National Evaluation Teams for their instruments, extremely selective groups responsible for assessing the skill of the country’s top musicians.
Four Treasures current season
A cultural sampler, featuring excerpts by classical performers trained in traditional Chinese music, folk dance, face changing and opera.
Music and Dance current season
A tour of ethnic and classical traditions of Chinese dance and music, rarely seen outside of China.
Traditional Music from China current season
Leading talents of the Chinese classical and folk music world present gems of Chinese instrumental music.