An instrument most indicative of China is the erhu. Described by some as a two-stringed fiddle, the sounds are sophisticated and mesmerizing. Credited with introducing the erhu into Western contemporary music is Jing Wang, known worldwide for her erhu mastery and compositions.
Thanks to the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra (SSO) Guest Artist Master Class series, area residents will have the opportunity to meet and learn from Wang during a free Master Class being held 4-5 p.m. Nov. 14 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, 608 New York Ave., Sheboygan.
As an SSO guest artist, Wang will address the instrumentation for erhu music, how it accompanies other ensembles including Chinese folk music, east meets west ensemble and a western orchestra. She will also demonstrate a few solo pieces.
The class is open to teachers, students, musicians and music lovers in the Sheboygan area, as well as those from outside communities. The free class is open to the public; observers are welcome.
Wang’s compositions have been recognized by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers and Electro-acoustic Miniatures International Contest, Spain. She was the winner of Pauline Oliveros Prize given by the International Alliance for Women in Music and has been awarded the Omi International Musicians Residency Fellowship and the prestigious MacDowell Colony Fellowship.
She has successfully performed erhu concertos with several symphony orchestras in the United States. She is currently an assistant professor of music at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she teaches electroacoustic music, composition and music theory.
The SSO Guest Artist Master Class Series is a collaborative effort between the Sheboygan Symphony and Lakeland College. The class series, presented by many professionals performing with the SSO, is free and open to the public for observation. For more information contact the SSO office at 920-452-1985, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.