Shanghai Quartet with Wu Man
“An ensemble with such virtuosity and style.” — The Washington Post on Shanghai Quartet
“Wu Man is one of the rare musicians who has changed the history of the instrument she plays.” — Boston Globe
In collaboration with Da Camera of Houston, the Asia Society presents this stirring musical exploration of masterpieces from the 20th century and today. The renowned Shanghai Quartet and Musical America’s 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year Wu Man will perform works by Béla Bartók, Bright Sheng, and Lei Liang in this unique and intimate concert.
Bright Sheng | String Quartet No. 4, "Silent Temple"
Lei Liang | Five Seasons
Béla Bartók | String Quartet No. 5, Sz. 102
Shanghai Quartet (Weigang Li, violin; Yi-Wen Jiang, violin; Honggang Li, viola; Nicholas Tzavaras, cello) and Wu Man (pipa)
About Shanghai Quartet
Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique, and multicultural innovations, Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world's foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres from traditional Chinese folk music and masterpieces of Western music to cutting-edge contemporary works.
About Wu Man
Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Grammy Award-nominated musician Wu Man has carved out a career as a soloist, educator, and composer, giving her lute-like instrument a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Her adventurous spirit and virtuosity have led to collaborations across artistic disciplines, allowing Wu Man to reach wider audiences as she works to break through cultural and musical borders.
About Da Camera of Houston
Da Camera of Houston was created with the intention to produce a series of thematically programmed concerts designed to attract new listeners to the concert hall. By bringing together leading American and international musicians, specifically selected for each program, Da Camera concerts offer a broad range of repertoire and musical styles while ensuring a product of outstanding musical excellence.
Performing arts and cultural programs at Asia Society are made possible through generous support from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, Bank of America, The Clayton Fund, and Mickey Rosenau & Dr. Ellen Gritz. Additional support comes from the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts and the Favrot Fund. Funding is also provided through contributions from Friends of Performing Arts & Culture at Asia Society Texas Center.