Schedule

Now in its tenth year, the Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival has established itself as one of the most important Asian music festivals in the U.S. The 2014 Pan-Asian Music Festival begins on February 1st with a traditional Chinese New Year Concert by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra with renowned guest soloists, followed by a unique, two-weekend long celebration of traditional Tibetan and Mongolian music and dance by two visiting ensembles, the Tibetan Opera, Dance and Music Troupe of Qinghai and the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Four soloists from the Mongolian National Opera will join forces with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus in performances of Verdi’s Requiem on Feb. 28 and Mar. 2. For details visit sso.stanford.edu.

Concerts

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Family Concert and Open Rehearsal: Chinese New Year Celebration

Jindong Cai, conductor

Bing Concert Hall, $10 general


Featuring the Stanford Chinese Music Ensemble and Stanford Symphony Orchestra with guest artists, conductor Jindong Cai will present this open rehearsal for the evening’s Chinese New Year concert in a family-friendly format. The family concert will provide a joyous opportunity for parents and children of all ages to welcome the Year of the Horse.

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 7:30 pm

Chinese New Year’s Celebration

Featuring Cong Zhao, and Suli Xue, and Rueibin Chen

Jindong Cai, conductor

Bing Concert Hall, $30 general, $15 student, Stanford students with SUID $10


Celebrate the Year of the Horse with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jindong Cai and world-class soloists. The festival’s artist-in-residence, renowned pipa player Cong Zhao, performs the Little Sisters on the Grassland Concerto. Violinist Suli Xue of the Los Angeles Philharmonic plays Chinese folksongs arranged for violin and orchestra, and internationally acclaimed Taiwanese-Austrian pianist Rueibin Chen performs the beloved Yellow River Piano Concerto.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Music, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, and the Confucius Institute at Stanford.

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 2:30 pm

Family Concert: Music and Dance from Tibet

Featuring the Tibetan Opera, Dance and Music Troupe of Qinghai

Bing Concert Hall, $10 general


This specially programmed event for families and children of all ages highlights the Tibetan Opera, Dance and Music Troupe of Qinghai. Audiences can sample the rich cultural traditions of Tibet through music and dance performed by this talented 40-member ensemble. This event is part of the Bing Nursery School Performance Series.

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 7:30 pm

Impression Shambhala – Music and Dance from Tibet

Featuring the Tibetan Opera, Dance and Music Troupe of Qinghai

Bing Concert Hall, $20 general, $10 student


The Tibetan Opera, Dance and Music Troupe of Qinghai has visited Nepal and Thailand and now marks its first ever visit to the U.S. The first part of the program focuses on ceremonial chants and dances, some of which are generally performed only inside Tibetan Buddhist temples. The second part of the program explores folk dance, singing, and other traditional performing art forms. This concert takes its name from Shambhala, a mythical spiritual kingdom in Tibetan Buddhist Tradition.

Co-sponsored by the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford and the Stanford Tibetan Studies Initiative.

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 2:30 pm

Family Concert: Music and Dance from Mongolia

Featuring the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet

Bing Concert Hall, $10 general


This specially programmed event for families and children of all ages highlights guest artists from the Mongolian State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. Audiences can explore the vivid cultural life of Mongolia through music and dance. The program includes traditional instrumental music, throat singing, and dance.

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 7:30 pm

Mongolia Gala

Featuring the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet

Bing Concert Hall, $20 general, $10 student


In collaboration with the Mongolia Ministry of Culture and the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet, this memorable evening presents 30 of the finest performers from Mongolia, from traditional folk musicians and dancers to Western-style opera and ballet performers. Mongolia’s performing arts culture is deep and diverse - including its own age-old traditions and the classical repertoire of the West brought by the Soviet Union in the 20th century – and its performance standards are world-class.

Co-sponsored by the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford and the Stanford Tibetan Studies Initiative.

As part of the collaboration with the Pan-Asian Music Festival, four soloists from the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet will be featured in the Stanford Symphony Orchestra's performance of Verdi's Requiem on Feb. 28 and Mar. 2.

Academic and Cultural Events

Saturday, February 1, 2014, 11 am - 1 pm

Panel discussion: National Form and International Aspiration

Bing Concert Hall Studio, free admission

This panel discussion explores the long-term issue of national forms of China in the international context. The evening’s music event revolves around the orchestral performance of the Yellow River Concerto, a classic that expresses the revolutionary ethos by blending folk, indigenous, and local elements into a Western orchestral genre. Four scholars/critics will discuss the assumptions, innovations, and practices that modernize the folk and regional heritages.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Music and Stanford Confucius Institute in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures.

Panelists:

  • Emily Wilcox, specialist and professor in Chinese traditional dance and music at the University of Michigan
  • Christine I Ho, PhD student in art history at Stanford. Area of specialty: national painting and socialism
  • Haiyan Lee, associate professor of Chinese and comparative literature at Stanford University
  • Sheila Melvin: Music scholar and critic
  • Moderated by Ban Wang, Professor of Asian Languages and Comparative Literature at Stanford

Lunch will be served. Admission is FREE but registration is required:

Saturday, February 22, 2014, 11 am - 1 pm

Symposium: Arts and Music from Tibet

Bing Concert Hall Studio, free admission

This symposium will feature musicians and scholars from Tibet. Professor Jiayong Qunpei of China's Minzu (Minority Nationalities) University will discuss music from Tibet, especially the Tibetan opera tradition. Reshi Tsering Tan, a popular and well-respected Tibetan recording artist, will share his experience as founder of the Shangri-La Folk Music Preservation Association (SFMPA). SFMPA is a non-profit organization devoted to making field recordings of traditional Tibetan music, especially fast-vanishing religious music. Dr. Robert W. Clark, Coordinator of the Stanford Tibetan Language Program, will discuss Tibetan Buddhist visual art. Select Tibetan musicians from the Tibetan Opera, Dance and Music Troupe of Qinghai will demonstrate various types of Tibetan traditional and monastic music.

Co-sponsored by the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford and the Stanford Tibetan Studies Initiative.

Lunch will be served. Admission is FREE but registration is required:

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Saturday, March 1, 2014, 11 am - 1 pm

Symposium: Arts and Culture in Contemporary Mongolia

Bing Concert Hall Studio, free admission

Guest speakers include Ms. Oyungerel Tsededamba, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Mongolia; Mrs. Bayanmunkh Dorjpalam, Director of the Cultural Heritage Program of the Mongolian Arts Council; Mrs. Tsetsentolmon Baatarnaran, researcher and teacher at Mongolian State University; and Ms. Munkhzul Chuluunbat, General Director of the Mongolian State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.

Co-sponsored by the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford and the Stanford Tibetan Studies Initiative.

Lunch will be served. Admission is FREE but registration is required:

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