April 3, 2011
International Chinese Virtuoso, Madame Liu Fang, Coming to The Virginia Samford Theatre in Birmingham, April 3, 2011
"...Liu Fang's total devotion to her playing has moved her beyond perfect execution to the creativity and flexibility that marks a true musician."
– jROOTS Magazine, UK, June, 2006
"...masterful, graceful, riveting..."
– BBC London, November 8, 2003
"...delicate, yet sensational... a great ambassadress of Chinese music has appeared..."
– de Volkskrant, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 29, 2005
"...she represents the charm, the grace, and all of the magic of the East..."
-le journal Ouest France, December 11, 2004.
The Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation is extremely honored to present the internationally acclaimed virtuoso of the ancient Chinese pipa (lute) and guzheng (zither) to Birmingham for one Sunday afternoon matinee performance on April 3, 2011, at the Virginia Samford Theatre at Caldwell Park.
A resident of Montreal, Canada, since 1996, Madame Fang was born in Kunming, China, in 1974. She began studying the pipa at age six and gave her first solo performance at age nine. A graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she also studied the guzheng, she was invited to play for Queen Elizabeth during Her Majesty's visit to China in 1985. Since then, she has performed many solo recitals, concerto performances, and concerts primarily in Europe and Canada, but also in the U.S. and South America. She has premiered new works with master Canadian composers and collaborated with traditional master musicians in India, Japan, Syria, and Vietnam. This will be her first performance in the American southeast, and she has expressed her eagerness to share her incomparable music (as attested to by the critics and press reviews quoted above) here.
The 2:00 p.m. performance on Sunday afternoon, April 3, will be held at the Virginia Samford Theatre (1116 South 26th Street), with a post-performance reception to honor Madame Liu and her husband, who is her manager.
Tickets for the performance are $25.00 for adults (18 and over) $20.00 for seniors (65 and over), and $15.00 for children, and college students with proper ID. They are available through the Virginia Samford Theatre Box Office at 205.251.1228, or at www.virginiasamfordtheatre.org. The reception following is complimentary for patrons with tickets to the performance.
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