Step into a world where tradition meets artistry, and ancient culture resonates with the busy life in New York City! China Institute cordially invites you to this monthly program for a mesmerizing evening of traditional Chinese music and the enchanting world of calligraphy.
Listen to the performance of the unique Chinese instruments, and feel the charm of Chinese music combined with practicing Chinese calligraphy with a master calligrapher. Take the chance to interact with our calligrapher, musicians and fellow cultural lovers too!
No previous experience of calligraphy is required. Ink, paper, and brush will be provided onsite. Join like-minded friends to enjoy wine and tea, practice calligraphy, and listen to music. We look forward to a wonderful evening with you!
Refreshments will be served.
This program is in partnership with the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music.
This program is made possible through the generous donation of the Ng Family in honor of Mr. Ting Din Ng, former Chairman of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolence Association of NY and lifelong supporter of Chinese culture and the arts.
This program is made possible through the support of the Chinese International Education Foundation, and generous supporters of China Institute.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Yi Su, also named Yijin, is member of China Calligraphers Association and Northern America Chinese Calligraphy Association. During her twenty years of practice, Su’s calligraphy works have won numerous awards and been selected for various exhibitions. Her works also appear frequently on major media. Su had her solo exhibition in Pace University Gallery in New York in 2015, and created her calligraphy art studio “BIMO Theory” in 2020.
A descendant of Su Shi (1037-1101), renowned poet, scholar, and calligrapher in Song dynasty, Su learnt mainly from ancient calligraphy masters like Wang Xizhi and Wang Xianzhi, Mi Fu, Wang Duo. Su is skillful of writing various script styles, among which she is most passionate about “small regular script” and “large cursive script”.
Beitong Liu, from Jilin, China. She is a second-year graduate student studying at the US-China Music Institute, majoring in ethnomusicology. She was also the first undergraduate student class majoring in erhu performance and global and international studies. In 2021, she performed as a soloist in The Sound of Spring Chinese New Year concert with The Orchestra Now (TŌN.). Also that year she won the Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition. In 2023, under the baton of maestro Jindong Cai, She made her debut at Jazz at Lincoln Center as a soloist with TŌN. In August 2023 she participated in Silk Road's GMW program, and the same year she was selected as a Bespoken fellow.
JinOu Dong is a fifth-year student from Beijing, China in the double-degree program at the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, where she studies pipa under the guidance of Zhang Qiang. Her second major is global and international studies. She started playing pipa at the age of 5 with Cao Yang. In 2017, she began studying with pipa virtuoso Zhang Qiang and Chen Yin. In 2018, she won the gold award at the Beijing Student Art Festival for the pipa solo performance. In the same year, she won the title of “Beijing Art Star.” JinOu has traveled to Hong Kong and Korea, for cultural exchange performances, and she played pipa and sanxian in the Central Broadcasting Traditional Instruments Youth Orchestra for 6 years, performing in many concerts and tours. She was selected as a representative of the orchestra to participate in the “China Music Festival'” in Australia, and to Taiwan as a member of the Beijing Student Art Troupe for a concert tour. In 2021, she performed in the concert East/West: A Symphonic Celebration with the New York City Ballet Orchestra at Lincoln Center. In 2022, she won the Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition for her performance of Yun Xiang Hua Xiang (Cloud and Blossoms) by Wang Danhong. The same year, she studied at the Bard International Global Affairs program in NYC and interned with Welcome to Chinatown, a non-profit organization. She has been selected to study abroad at the School of Political Science and Economics of Waseda University in Japan for the spring semester of 2023.
Xiaoyan Luo started to learn Pipa at the age of eight. When she was thirteen years old, she was admitted to the Affiliated Middle School of Guangxi Art University and began her pipa professional career. She took an active part in many national instrument competitions and all kinds of performances, and served as the leader of the school's Chinese orchestra and the school’s pipa group, which achieved results in many competitions. In 2020, Xiaoyan Luo enrolled in both Bard College and Bard Conservatory, Majors in Pipa and Film Production. She acts in various performances both on and off campus, performing in Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Consulate General of China, and was well received for her expressive and delicate performing style.