If you haven’t yet experienced the Fresno Philharmonic performing in the Shaghoian Hall, it’s a pleasurable experience. You feel so much closer to the orchestra in the intimate Shaghoian space, and the acoustics are great.
The orchestra’s last Masterworks concert of the season will be performed three times at the Shaghoian: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Along with performances of Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 7 and 8, the concert features a fascinating guest artist: the Chinese musician Wu Man, whom Fresno Phil executive director Stephen Wilson calls “a real superstar of world music”:
In addition to being a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, she was the 2013 Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year, the first player of a non-Western instrument to win that recognition. Her performance with us of Tan Dun’s Concerto for String Orchestra and Pipa will be the first performance ever by the Fresno Philharmonic of music by a Chinese composer. Tan Dun won the Academy Award for his score to the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and is also known for his music for the film “Hero” and the 2008 Bejing Olympics.
Wu Man is considered the premier player in the world of the pipa, a traditional Chinese lute. On the jump of this post, along with the rules of our giveaway, you can watch a YouTube video of her performing.
I have two pairs of tickets to give away to the opening night Friday concert. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling us if you’ve ever heard a pipa performed live before. Deadline to enter is 9 a.m. Wednesday. Please don’t enter more than once. I’ll be informing our winner by email on Wednesday by noon, so keep a watch on your inbox. If I haven’t heard from a winner by Thursday morning, I reserve the right to pick another. These are paper tickets, so you’ll need to be able to come down to The Bee’s front counter by 5 p.m. Friday to pick them up. Rules are on the jump.
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