Music for the Masterpieces of Chinese Literature: A Tribute to Professor Margaret Berry

2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 25, 2012

Saint Francis Chapel
Lombardo Student Center
John Carroll University
20700 North Park Boulevard
University Heights, Ohio

Join the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble for a special program of music based on China’s great literary tradition in honor of the life and work of distinguished John Carroll University professor emerita, Dr. Margaret Berry.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Confucius Classroom Project of the East Asian Studies Program, John Carroll University.

A noted scholar in the field of classical Chinese literature, Margaret Berry has published two books focusing on the Four Great Novels of Chinese culture: Water MarginRomance of the Three KingdomsJourney to the West, and Dream of the Red Mansions.  And over the course of her 60+ year career, she has served as a mentor to generations of emerging scholars in this field.

The concert will feature rare vocal selections with texts from the Four Great Novels, as well as poetry and plays spanning China’s history, from the Han to Qing dynasties and beyond.  Elegant instrumental pieces will be interspersed between the vocal selections.

Interpreting the lyrics for the program will be the classically trained vocalist Xue “Snow” Yu of Qingdao, Shandong, China; and Beijing opera singer Dylan Cai of Akron, Ohio, will portray Zhuge Liang from The Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Instruments include dizi and xiao (bamboo flutes), guan (oboe), sheng (mouth organ), yueqin (moon lute), pipa (pear-shaped lute), guzheng (zither), and a variety of Chinese percussion.

Music for the Masterpieces of Chinese Literature is sponsored by the Confucius Classroom  of  the East Asian Studies Program.  The Confucius Classroom is a JCU collaboration with the Confucius Institute of the University of Pittsburgh.

The concert is free of charge and open to the public.

John Carroll University is conveniently located on Cleveland’s east side, near the intersection of Fairmount Boulevard and Warrensville Center Road. For the concert, enter at the entrance on South Belvoir Boulevard and the guard will direct you to the parking lot.  Parking is free.

 

Directions may be found here:
http://www.jcu.edu/map.htm

And a campus map is here:
http://www.jcu.edu/mapcampus.htm