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Win tickets to Fresno Phil’s pipa concert


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.

Only readers who submit a comment on this post are eligible. Winners will be picked at random. Recipients will be notified by e-mail at the end of each giveaway period. No substitutions or transfer of winners/prizes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Some prizes may have due dates for redemption/use. Employees and immediate family of The Fresno Bee, and any/all of the participating giveaway sponsors, are not eligible to win. By accepting a giveaway, recipient consents to allow the use of his/her name and/or photograph for advertising or similar promotions without further compensation. Winner releases all sponsors of liability regarding use and enjoyment of the prizes. Tax liabilities and insurance, if any, are sole responsibility of the winner. No purchase necessary to win.

Responses to "Win tickets to Fresno Phil’s pipa concert"

Doug Gordon says:

Never heard this artist play but I am wildly interested in fusion of artistic traditions.

John Beynon says:

I have never heard a pipa live in concert. Isn’t high time that I did?

Janet Heidinger says:

I really enjoyed that piece, Donald. As soon as I heard Wu Man playing the pipa, I recognized its familiar sound. It would be an honor to attend Friday’s concert, especially because the Fresno Philharmonic is at its best when heard in the Shaghoian.
Thank you, Janet

sal juarez says:

would love to see pipa, a traditional Chinese lute live performance.

Kay Austin says:

Have never been to the Fresno Phil – my son would love it too!

Brenna says:

Me and my husband would love to go see the Fresno Philharmonics performance

Pamela Thomas says:

Would love to see this artist!

Raquel Busani says:

OMG. I had to give my Sunday tickets (which were gifted to me) away because I have to go out of town…Friday tickets would be amazing! I think it’s meant to be….

Crissy Martinez says:

I’ve never heard the pipa live before . As a string instrumentalist, I’m very intrigued! I’m interested in hearing how the Phil sounds in Shaghoian Hall as well!I It’s always a treat to play in there.

Susan Taniguchi says:

I have never heard of a pipa before. I would love to her one in concert.

Leslie Stevens says:

This looks like it will be a great concert. Interesting fusion of Eastern and Western music!

Reyna Renderos says:

I have never heard a pipa performed live before and would love to! Does sound like it would be a pleasureable experience!

Inez Zuniga says:

The only time I’ve ever heard the Pipa was in a Tiny Desk Concert on, but never in person! I would love to go!

michele f says:

Love Beethoven!

Janis Madsen says:

Never heard of a pipa.

Laura Dodds says:

I’ve never heard of Pipa before. I would love to hear it!

Janet says:

I have never heard of the Pipa or seen her live, but would love to!!!

Amy says:

I think we all have heard the distinctive sounds of a pipa but I didn’t know its name or much about it. I googled it after looking at the provided clip. What a treat to have Wu Man come to Fresno!

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