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Set to captivate Lied Center audience members Sept. 28, Sounds of China uniquely melds traditional Chinese music with western compositions in a performance few audiences are able to experience. Sounds of China will perform a single engagement on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St.

Led by composer/artistic director Jiuyue Ma (Beijing Olympics Gala, Xinjiang International Dance Festival), Sounds of China comes to Lincoln fresh off engagements in Vancouver, Denver and with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As one of the founders of New Chinese Folk Music, Ma has studied a variety of instruments and has devoted much of his life to shaping world music in new, innovative ways.

The performance will feature an eight-member group of Chinese contemporary folk musicians with outstanding individual achievements. Most performers are graduates from the Central Conservatory of Music, China’s premiere school for music. Having spent years honing their skills, these artists have proven themselves to be accomplished masters of their crafts. Despite the young age of most of the performers, they have been invited to perform around the globe and even composed works of their own.

Sounds of China’s performance is a highlight of UNL’s Chinese Culture Festival, an annual week-long event series that draws attention to, and celebrates Chinese culture in Nebraska. The Chinese Culture Festival is presented by the Confucius Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  

Tickets are on sale online, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office. Tickets are available to students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

This performance is generously supported by the UNL Confucius Institute.