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Guest artist The Orchid Ensemble to headline next 360° Thursdays concert event

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UW-Green Bay Music will welcome guest artists The Orchid Ensemble for the next event in the 360° Thursdays concert series, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27 in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.

This trio of musicians consists of Lan Tung on the erhu/Chinese violin, Yu-Chen Wang on the zheng/Chinese zither, and Jonathan Bernard on marimba and percussion. Group members will discuss the development of their innovative musical genre, which is based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians. They blend ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond, creating a beautiful new sound that embraces a variety of musical styles. The result is a repertoire that includes the traditional and contemporary music of China, world music, new music, jazz and creative improvisation.

Acclaimed as “One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene” (Georgia Straight), The Orchid Ensemble has been tirelessly developing an innovative musical genre based on the cultural exchange between Western and Asian musicians. The group’s performance will include the following percussion instruments: Dumbek, Def (frame drum), Pai-gu (set of five Chinese tuned drums), Udu (Nigerian percussion pot), Tibetan bells, Zils (Egyptian finger cymbals), Turkish bells, Kempul (Javanese gamelan gongs), Buddhist temple bowls, Chinese wind gong, Sichuan opera cymbals, Beijing opera gongs and cymbals, Crotales, Chinese temple blocks, Ban (Chinese wooden opera clapper), American wood blocks, and African log drum.

The 360° Thursdays series features a diversity of performance styles designed to broaden attendees’ horizons and deepen their understanding of music. A component of UW-Green Bay’s 360° of Learning brand, the concert-lecture event helps students, faculty, staff and community members connect with music in more meaningful ways. Performances feature scintillating and provocative pre-concert discussions by a composer, performer or arranger. Attendees will consider a single aspect of music through multiple perspectives.

Each 360° Thursdays performance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Howard Hall at the Weidner Center on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Concerts are free but donations are appreciated. More information on the series is available online.

UW-Green Bay is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. More information about UW-Green Bay Music is available online.

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