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Photo by Liu Junqi

Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 8:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall

Part of the 2012-2013 Texas Performing Arts Season

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Presented in partnership with the Austin Classical Guitar Society, the Butler School of Music, and the Asian American Cultural Center

Texas Performing Arts presents renowned pipa virtuoso Wu Man in concert with progressive New York classical ensemble The Knights for an elegant evening of classic and contemporary chamber orchestra works.

Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and as a leading ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man creates and fosters projects that give this ancient instrument a new role in today’s music world, not only introducing the instrument to new audiences, but commissioning and premiering over a hundred new works. A Grammy-nominated artist, she has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma in the recording of Silk Road and worked with renowned musicians including Tan Dun and the Kronos Quartet.

Hailed as “the future of classical music in America” by the Los Angeles Times, The Knights are an ensemble of adventurous musicians from the New York music scene who cultivate collaborative music making and creatively engage audiences in the shared joy of musical performance. Their unique roster includes composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters, and improvisers who bring a range of cultural influences to the group including jazz, klezmer, pop, and indie rock music. The orchestra’s extensive repertoire features traditional and contemporary masterworks of classical, popular, and world music in collaboration with such artists as soprano Dawn Upshaw and violinist Gil Shaham.

The Knights – “…talented and vivacious Brooklyn indie orchestra.”

“Wu Man is one of the rare musicians who has changed the history of the instrument she plays.”

Optimum Pipa Plucking, Surrounded by Friends: Wu Man and the Knights at Asia SocietyNew York Times Review

2012 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year


Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks)
Tempo Giusto
Con moto
Igor Stravinsky
(1882 – 1971)
Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra
Bits and Pieces: Troika
Bits and Pieces: Three Sharing
Bits and PIeces: Wind and Plum
Bits and Pieces: Neopolitan
Threnody for Richard Locke
Lou Harrison
(1917 – 2003)
Prelude a l’après-midi d’un faune Claude Debussy
(1862 – 1918)
Arr. Atkinson
Le boeuf sur le toit, Op. 58 Darius Milhaud
(1892 – 1974)
Arr. The Knights
Blue and Green (arranged for Pipa and Orchestra) Wu Man
(b. 1963)

Pre-Performance Talk by Ensemble Members
Eric Jacobsen, Conductor – The Knights
Colin Jacobsen, Concertmaster – The Knights
Alex Sopp, Flute – The Knights
Wu Man, Pipa
• Tuesday 02/19/13
• 7:00 – 7:30 pm
• Bass Concert Hall

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