Chinese Opera: Songs for the Ancestors
July 21 and 22, 2001 Two performances at 2:00 and 4:00
Ms.Liang Guyin of the Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe performed two classic scenes from the Chinese Kunqu repertoire. In "An Invocation" (Jae Moo) from Curing the Pain of Jealousy, a young woman performs honorific rituals at the grave of a woman she admired. In "Paint the Portrait" (Meio Zong) from Songs of the Lute, a woman creates an image of her deceased in-laws before a visit to her husband's family. Mr. Chen Tao performed two flute solos and led the Kunqu musical ensemble featuring percussionist Wang Zhensheng, who has toured with Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun.
This program was jointly presented by the Freer Gallery of Art and the Wintergreen Kunqu Society and was made possible in part with funds from the Bank of America. Special thanks to the Han Sheng Chinese Opera Institute for providing assistance.
is one of the premiere
performers in Chinese classical heater. A winner of the prestigious Plum
Blossom Award, Ms. Guyin specializes in young woman's roles.
Ms. Liang is a member of Shanghai Kunqu Troupe.
Before coming to the US, Chen Tao was an Associate Professor at the Central Conservatory of Music, a member of the Chinese Musicians Association and a member of the Chinese Folk Wind and String Instrument Association. Chen Tao graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music in 1986, from the Folk Music Department. His performing style combines the refined elegance of the southern school and the robust liveliness of the northern school. The sound of his flute is full, round, and rich, and is marked by a unique timbre that can truly be described ad enchanting.
Chen Tao is also an acclaimed pioneer performer in the world of new music. He has also performed and recorded modern compositions by such well known composers as Zhou Long , Chen Yi, Tan Dun, Joan La Barbara, Carter Burwell, Bun-Ching Lam and Qu Xiao-song. The Central People's Broadcasting Station, the Beijing People's Broadcasting Station, and Radio Shanghai have all arranged special programs to introduce his art. In addition, cable stations in both New Jersey and New York (channel 31) have run programs devoted to Chen Tao and his craft. Outside of performing, Chen Tao has also authored several professional articles on folk music. His music for flute "Leaves on Fall River", "Bawu Music" and "Phoenix Tail Bamboo beneath the Moon" and many others have been recorded on CD. He has been invited by Beijing University, Qinghua University, Fudan University, Columbia University, Syracuse University, Colgate University, College of Charleston, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Rutgers University, Yale University and New Jersey Performing Arts Center to lecture and perform. In February 1996, invited by Taiwan's National Music Ensemble in Taipei, Chen Tao held a concerto performance in the National Hall of Music and delivered a lecture on flute music, both of which garnered tremendous critical acclaim.
Since coming to the US in 1993, Chen Tao has been invited to perform and lecture throughout the country. His first solo concert in the New York area was successfully held in December 1993. He has performed at the Lincoln Center at the invitation of the Manhattan School of Music's Chamber Orchestra--The Music Consort, and China Institute in America invited him to perform and lecture on the Chinese flute during their spring 1995 season. The New York City based World Journal and Tsingtao Daily have called him "the king of the flute" and a "master of the art of the flute."