Ancient Chinese Instrument Featured at Feb. 17 Recital
Posted on Friday, February 12, 2010 [1:41 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The sounds of an ancient
Chinese instrument will be heard at a Feb. 17 concert at Lindsey
Ming Ke will perform on the pipa, or Chinese lute, at 7 p.m.
CT on Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Lindsey Wilson W.W. Slider
Humanities Center Recital Hall. Her recital -- which is part of the
2009-10 Lindsey Wilson Cultural Affairs Series -- is free and open
to the public.
The pipa is a four-stringed Chinese chordophone whose history
dates from about 200 B.C.
An internationally renowned pipa virtuoso, Ke has appeared as
a soloist with principal orchestras in China, Japan, Spain and the
United States. Described in the Cincinnati Enquirer as a performer
whose "performances sparkle with grace and expression," Ke is a
master interpreter of traditional and contemporary music for the
A native of Nanjing, China, Ke studied at the Fine Arts
College in Nanjing, graduating with a bachelor's degree in pipa
performance in 1982. She made her formal debut in 1985.
Ke taught pipa for 10 years at the college while giving solo
concerts on the pipa and ruan, another Chinese string instrument.
She also gave orchestral performances with principal orchestras in
China and Japan. She received prizes at several Chinese music
festivals and competitions.
Ke settled in the United States with her family in 1993. Solo
and orchestral appearances soon followed with performances from
Arizona to New York in festivals, universities, performing arts
centers and Chinese gatherings.
Ke's appearances in her adopted city of Cincinnati have included
numerous solo concerts as well as performances with the Cincinnati
Symphony, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Cincinnati Chamber
Orchestra under the batons of Erich Kunzel and John Morris
Ming Ke will perform on the pipa at 7 p.m. CT on
Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Lindsey Wilson College W.W. Slider
Humanities Center Recital Hall. For more information, contact LWC
Cultural Affairs Chair Phil Hanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or (270)