Shaw Pong Liu
2016 City of Boston Artist-In-Residence
The “Middle Kingdom” Through Music & Story
From the grasslands of Mongolia to the high mountain of Yunnan, master musician Shaw Pong Liu takes audiences on a musical journey through historical and contemporary China. Her suitcase packed with languages and musical instruments, Shaw Pong weaves history, geography, the Mandarin language and Chinese folk music in a dynamic exploration of China.
Target Grades: K-8
Duration: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 300
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.
Target Grades: 3-5
Duration: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 80
Single: $575 Double: $920 Triple: 1,208 Quad: $1,438
When Words Sing
Single: $350 Double: $560 Triple: $735 Quad: $875
Travel Fee: $45 per day
Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time
Exploring China Educational Materials
- Classical music
- Language of music
- Chinese language
- Chinese culture
- Chinese New Year (Feb 19, 2015)
- Cultural exchange
- The Silk Road
Truly just perfect for us! [Shaw Pong] worked easily and comfortably with the wide range of ages in our
audience, was always engaging, and was a very accomplished musician. It strengthened their understanding of Chinese geography, music, and language. All of us now talk about Mandarin as a “singable” language.
She also created such a wonderful bridge; Shaw Pong Liu is clearly a very accomplished modern Chinese woman– attractive, smart, articulate–but made a beautiful connection to some of the more traditional, ancient messages in her program.
– Head of School, K-9, Deerfield, MA
They were in the palm of her hand from beginning to end.
– Cultural Events Coordinator, K-12, Worcester, MA
Fun, engaging and educational. Students learned about the language, the country and some folklore, about the violin and its Chinese cousin. We loved how [Shaw Pong] moved among the audience, engaging students. Very dynamic!”
– Librarian, K-9, Deerfield, MA
I wanted to share how wonderful it was to have Shaw Pong today! The kids were really happy and engaged, she was very kind and allowed room for their natural curiosity and her interaction with them was very positive! Her program is wonderful, and it was a delight to everyone present.”
– Parent, K-5, West Newton, MA
Shaw Pong Liu also performs Jugalbandi with master tabla player Sandeep Das