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World Stage, Wu Man, pipa, January 26, 2014


Wu Man on playing the pipa video

Western music didn't realize it was missing the pipa until Wu Man came along, with an omnivorous artistic spirit and genre-hopping virtuosity that has made her the foremost exponent of the lute-like Chinese instrument in contemporary music. Wu Man's "consummate musicality and brilliant technique" (New York Times) has led to collaborations with Kronos Quartet (Dec 7 in Zellerbach Hall); the Silk Road Ensemble; composers Lou Harrison, Philip Glass, Terry Riley, and Tan Dun; and orchestras the world over. Her recitals bridge an astounding range of repertoire that highlights the lush expressive palette of her instrument, from moody ancient melodies to sprightly original compositions.

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In Conversation with Wu Man
Sat, Jan 25, 2014
Private home
(Donors of $3,500+)

Each season, Cal Performances' donors peek behind the curtain through a conversation with a leading performing artist. This year, we are thrilled to welcome Wu Man to join us in conversation. You, a small circle of aficionados, and a great performer sharing backstage stories, artistic philosophy, history and process — besides the performance, what could be more exciting?

Program Notes

Program notes are available approximately one week before the performance.

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Parking may be a problem on campus for this performance due to a Cal Women's Basketball game. Please see our Parking Alert section for more information.


Wu Man talks about the pipa including its history, how it's played and the many sounds of the ancient plucked instrument.

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Sun, Jan 26, 3 pm