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Pulitzer Prize winners to present in AU virtual concert

Dr. Zhou Long and Dr. Chen Yi
Dr. Zhou Long and Dr. Chen Yi

Alfred University’s Confucius Institute tonight (June 25) will host a conversation with the world-renowned composer couple Dr. Chen Yi and Dr. Zhou Long. The event is part of the Institute’s ongoing East Meets West series and will be held on the Zoom platform.


Alfred University’s Confucius Institute tonight (June 25) will host a conversation with the world-renowned composer couple Dr. Chen Yi and Dr. Zhou Long. The event is part of the Institute’s ongoing East Meets West series  and will be held on the Zoom platform.

Dr. Zhou Long won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his opera, Madame White Snake. He is the first Asian-American to receive this award in 68 years of history. 

Dr. Chen Yi is the first Chinese woman to receive a master's degree in music composition from the Central Conservatory of Music, in Beijing, China. She was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and the American Academy of Arts & Letters in 2019.

Both artists were born in the 1950s in China and started to learn Western musical instruments at a young age. They became classmates in 1977, joining a group of 32 young artists selected from 20,000 applicants to study composition at the Central Conservatory of Music. They traveled to the United States and furthered their composition studies at Columbia University, where they both received their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in 1993. They are now both Distinguished Professors at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The Confucius Institute's conversation with the couple will include the following subjects:

* How did they become musical pioneers?

* What does it mean to stretch Western instruments eastward and Chinese instruments westward?

Find answers to these and other questions with host Daisy Wu, Director of Alfred University' Confusius Institute, as Dr. Chen Yi and Dr. Zhou Long share their award-wining works.

Registration will be required for this Zoom event.  Please go to

https://forms.gle/VY1168xUUFJPZKq97  or scan the QR code on the poster. 

 This series is co-sponsored by the Performing Arts Division of Alfred University, the Music Department of China University of Geosciences, the Almond 20th Century Club Library, the Cuba Circulating Library, the Hornell Public Library, the David A. Howe Library in Wellsville, and the Wimodaughsian Library of Canisteo.