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January 23, 2013

Confucius Institute Lecture - An American in Beijing: Composing New Music with Old Instruments

Guest Speaker:
Anthony De Ritis, Professor and Chair of the Music Department, Northeastern University in Boston

Friday, February 1, 2013 | 4 pm-5:30pm
Henderson Room, Michigan League
~Free and Open to the Public~

Speaker's Note: "Plums Blossoms" was the name I chose for my first work utilizing a Chinese traditional instrument, an electroacoustic work based on samples of pipa virtuoso, Min Xiao-Fen. This was composed in hopes of getting accepted into the 1999 International Computer Music Conference held at Tsinghua University. This work led to a series of compositions for Chinese traditional instruments, including "Ping-Pong", a concerto for pipa and Chinese traditional orchestra premiered by the Taipei Chinese Orchestra with Min Xiao-Fen as soloist. Today I am often asked, "Why do you compose for Chinese traditional instruments?" In this lecture, I endeavor to answer this question and more.

Anthony Paul De Ritis is Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Northeastern University in Boston. In Fall 2011 he was as Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, and was appointed as a Master of Beijing's DeTao Masters Academy in the fields of music and the creative industries.

Posted by zzhu at January 23, 2013 12:25 AM