Alfred University music professor introduces Chinese music to Buffalo audience
Zhongbei (Daisy) Wu, visiting associate professor of music in the Division of Performing Arts in Alfred University, presented a lecture entitled “Sound of China” for the Twentieth Century Club in Buffalo, NY, April 5.
Over 100 club members attended the lecture, which included performance by Wu on the Guzheng, a traditional Chinese musical instrument, along with information the history and development of Chinese music.
Jean M. Jain, the music committee chair for the Twentieth Century Club, acclaimed Wu’s performance and presentation as “very informative and educational about this unique instrument and its history.” In her letter of thanks to Wu, she wrote, “I know that the majority of our audience has never seen nor heard this instrument. This was a unique opportunity for all of us to learn more about the music and culture of China.”
As one of the oldest clubs for women in the United States, the Twentieth Century Club presents weekly morning lectures on topics ranging from art, public affairs, music, literature, and gardening to Lenten Themes. The guest speakers have included foreign dignitaries, literary figures, scientists, artists, clerics, government officials and a NASA astronaut. Distinguished guests include President Theodore Roosevelt, President William H. Taft, and Dr. Herbert A Hauptman, winner of a Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Wu is also the associate director of Confucius Institute at Alfred University (CIAU), which dedicates to promoting the study of Chinese language, culture, ethics, and philosophy, and furthers the understanding of China today. CIAU has offered Guzheng courses taught by Professor Daisy Wu at Alfred University since 2011. More than 100 Alfred University students have studied the traditional Chinese musical instrument.
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