Academics

The Orchid Ensemble offers sounds of China at Wisconsin Lutheran College

February 22, 2007

MILWAUKEE - The Orchid Ensemble presents the music and traditions of China in Wisconsin Lutheran College's Schwan Concert Hall Tuesday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. The performance includes a variety of musical styles ranging from the traditional and contemporary music of China to world music, new music, jazz and creative improvisation.

The Orchid Ensemble includes Lan Tung (erhu, percussion and vocal), Gelina Jiang (zheng and percussion) and Jonathan Bernard (marimba and percussion). The ensemble regularly collaborates with musicians from a wide variety of cultures, actively commissions new works by Canadian and U.S. composers, and performs in concerts across North America and at prominent world, jazz and folk music festivals. Recent appearances include The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the National Gallery in Ottawa, Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Toronto's Harbourfront Centre.

Lan Tung, the leader of the ensemble, is constantly expanding the horizons of the erhu. She has performed with Gypsy, Indian, Celtic, Jewish, Korean and other world music ensembles and musicians including the Tuvan ensemble Huun Hurr Tu and the Canadian legend Bill Bourne.

Gelina Jiang is a multi-instrumentalist who performs on a wide range of Chinese traditional instruments including the zheng, ruan, yuetqin, pipa, jinhu and jin-erhu. A part of the famous Hubei Chime Ensemble for 20 years, she has also performed on reproductions of ancient Chinese court instruments.

Jonathan Bernard combines his background in western percussion with a fascination for Asian traditions, creating a unique sound palette incorporating a myriad of instruments, techniques and styles.

The Orchid Ensemble performance is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board. The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $21 general, $19 seniors and $7 students. To purchase tickets, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit wlc.edu/arts.

Since 1996, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been providing a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.