Chamber ensemble to perform at Purdue during Chinese New Year celebration

January 22, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Chamber ensemble, The Knights with Wu Man, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 in Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse. The performance is presented by Purdue Convocations with support from Nanshan America and Westminster Village, and in partnership with the Purdue Confucius Institute and Purdue International Programs.

A vibrant young chamber orchestra, The Knights brings the spirit of late-night chamber music-reading parties from a Brooklyn home to Loeb Playhouse. Violinist Colin Jacobsen and cellist Eric Jacobsen of breakout string quartet Brooklyn Rider are also composers, arrangers, and singer-songwriters from whose gatherings The Knights evolved. Joining them for a unique sonic counterpoint is Wu Man, the world's best-known player of the pipa - the four-stringed, pear-shaped Chinese instrument with a 2,000-year history.

This fascinating program includes Lou Harrison's Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra, works by French masters Debussy and Milhaud, Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks, and a new work written and arranged by Wu Man. The Knights are serious about expanding the orchestra concert experience but zesty enough to convey the effervescent joy of their musical exploration.

Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster outlets.

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 20-30 performances of widely varying genres: Broadway-style shows, theater, dance, children's theater, world music, jazz, and chamber music, along with rock, pop, country and comedy attractions. With a vision for connecting artists and audiences in artistic dialogue and for drawing in academic discourse, Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

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