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Wu Man at Santa Fe
Wu Man at a performance in Santa Fe

Virtuoso Wu Man to perform at university

Pipa virtuoso Wu Man will make two performances at the University of South Carolina: her debut at the Koger Center Thursday, Nov. 12, with the South Carolina Philharmonic and a solo recital Friday, Nov. 13, at the School of Music recital hall, part of the school’s “Southern Exposure New Music Series.”

The Thursday concert will feature a performance of the Tan Dun Pipa Concerto, an exploration of a 4,000-year-old Taoist funeral tradition in China. Tickets are $42, $34, $24, $16 and $12 and are available at or 803-251-2222. Student and military discounts are available.

Friday’s performance, free and open to the public, will feature eight compositions that represent music from the 19th century to modern day by composers from China and Kyrgystan, including Wu Man herself, who has introduced the lute-like pipa to Western audiences since she moved to the U.S. from China in 1990.

Both performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The first artist from China to have performed at the White House, Wu Man incorporates contemporary music into her pipa performances and is a principal member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project. She has collaborated and performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony and Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, among other prestigious ensembles.

For more information on other “Southern Exposure” performances, contact John Fitz Rogers at 803-576-5753. For more information on Wu Man’s performance with the South Carolina Philharmonic, contact Jason Rapp at 803-771-7937 or

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 11/03/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 11/03/09 @ 5:30 PM | Permalink

"Southern Exposure New Music Series"

  • Who: Wu Man, world-renowned master of the lute-like pipa
  • When: 7:30 Thursday and Friday, Nov. 12 and 13
  • Where: Thursday -- Koger Center; Friday -- School of Music recital hall

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