TradeWinds: From China With Love Sat. April 21 6pm

Liu Fang with Pipa sunset
Liu Fang, “Empress of Pipa”

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April 21, at 6 PM

Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington

Before today’s multiculturalism and penchant for fusion, the musical dialogue between East and West began with Debussy, Ravel, and the American avant-garde. China’s “Empress of Pipa,” soloist Liu Fang, performs traditional selections on the Chinese counterparts to the lute and zither, and is joined by Yehuda Hanani for a premiere by Pulitzer Prize winner Zhou Long. Bulgarian pianist Emma Tahmizian plays Mother Goose and Leo Ornstein’s remarkable A la Chinoise, and Israeli violinist Hagai Shaham offers Debussy’s pentatonic-inflected Sonata and Fritz Kreisler’s Tambourin Chinois.  Shaham also performs a work from another ancient tradition –Joseph Achron’s haunting Hebrew Melody.

The pipa has existed in China for over 2,000 years. Liu Fang compares classical Chinese music to Chinese poetry, lyric drama and calligraphy: “Chinese calligraphy gives me immense inspiration. The dynamics and movement of strokes of the brush, the line and the points, and the whole structure, are all comparable.”  This is a rare appearance by one of today’s masters of the instrument combining her knowledge and practice with Western classical music, contemporary music and improvisation with distinguished colleagues.  Read “A Conversation With Pipa Soloist Liu Fang” to learn more about this highly accomplished artist.

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Writing Your Memoir

Join us at Stockbridge Library on Friday April 20 7-9pm for a presentation on Writing Memoirs. And again on Saturday morning April 21 from 11-12:30 pm for a Panel who will be reading their memoirs.

Then join us in a quiet nook of your choice at A Bed and Breakfast in the Berkshires for the chance to begin writing your own memoir. Choose the hammock in the orchard, the screened in porch, the cedar bench up high next the the cedars, under the grape arbor or under the birch tree.

If you are inspired, we look forward to hearing you read your own beginning memoir after breakfast on Sunday.