She told her incredible story to the UW-Green Bay After Thoughts audience last year. World renowned erhu virtuoso Jiebing Chen returns as the featured performer at UW-Green Bay’s 6:30 Concert Series Thursday, Sept. 29 at Fort Howard Hall, Weidner Center. Chen is known worldwide for her mastery of the erhu, a classic two-stringed instrument that has been a part of the Asian culture since the Han dynasty (140 B.C.). She has been a featured soloist in world-class symphonies, and is revered for both her classical Chinese repertoire, as well as her contemporary innovativeness with the traditional instrument. Though currently living in Green Bay, Chen began her life in China, where, at age nine, she joined the military. Though the move improved her family’s quality of life, she would have to learn how to train as a soldier alongside adults, along with continuing her training of the erhu, in hopes of one day playing professionally. Now known worldwide for her skill and pioneered usage of the instrument in symphonic concerts, she will be accompanied by pianist Hsin Wei Lin.
The 6:30 Concert Series is designed to connect the UWGB campus and local community to music in a deeper way, by providing innovative and insightful performances by musicians of diverse styles of music. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Other upcoming musicians include Adam Gaines, Michael Mizrahi, Sylvia Hong and Michael Recto. To learn more about the series and upcoming performances, visit http://www.uwgb.edu/music/630concertseries/.