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Published on Jan 7, 2016
Internationally renowned masters of traditional folk music, Steven Greenman (Jewish violin) and Gao Hong (Chinese lute, or “pipa”) join together to deliver a free concert Thursday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. at McNally Smith College of Music in downtown St. Paul.
“The Braided Candle: Jewish Violin Meets Chinese Pipa” promises to be a unique live music experience, combining elements of both Jewish and Chinese folk music styles to create experimental arrangements with nuanced sounds of both bowed and plucked strings. Together, Greenman and Hong will weave a braided tapestry of musical impulses, filling listeners with excitement and meditative contemplation.
"The Braided Candle: Jewish Violin Meets Chinese Pipa"
–Thursday, January 14, 2016 –6:30 p.m. Pre-concert Discussion | 7:00 p.m. Concert –McNally Smith College of Music Auditorium 19 Exchange Street East. St. Paul, MN 55101 –Event is FREE and open to the public. Location is handicapped accessible
The Braided Candle project brings separate and distinct peoples together, encourages cross-cultural understanding and creates an opportunity to share knowledge while expanding the role of Jewish music through mutual respect and friendship.
Guests are encouraged to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for an in-depth discussion and demonstration. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask Greenman and Hong about their collaboration process, and the artists will discuss how fusions of Jewish music with musical styles from other cultures can define Jewish music, add to its creativity or weaken its significance.