When Words Sing: Music and Mandarin
With a European violin in one hand and a Chinese violin (erhu) in the other, master teacher and violinist Shaw Pong Liu takes students on an adventure of cross-cultural communication, connecting the language of music to the tonal language of Mandarin. Drawing on her travels as a Chinese–American studying in Beijing, Shaw Pong uses her instruments, singing voice, looping pedal, and multi-lingual skills to demonstrate the variety of ways in which people use linguistic and musical tones to communicate. While exploring facets of Chinese culture, students will learn to sing the pentatonic scale and to speak, sing and physically demonstrate the four tones of Mandarin—skills that help both in learning languages and learning music.
Audience Limit: 80
Curriculum Connection: Chinese Folk Music, History, Culture, Geography, Mandarin Language, Classical Music
Single Show: $375
Travel Fee: $45 per day
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time
Processing Fee of $30 added to all contracts
1 reserved parking space
1 microphone stand with boom
3 armless chairs
2 music stands or easels for display of large‐format posters
Performance Space Requirements:
Students seated on floor, if possible.
Prefer as intimate (small) a space as can comfortably accommodate all audience members.
Minimum space for performer: 5x8 feet
Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes
Strike time: 15 minutes
Time needed between performances: 15 minutes
Grades should be consecutive.