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September 28, 2017 7:30PM • St Mary of the Angels

NZSM Wu Man and the New Zealand String Quartet


Wu Man has caught the world’s attention with her virtual reinvention of an ancient Chinese instrument – the lute-like Pipa. Her performances have relaunched the reputation of this 2000 year-old instrument in the West, with multiple Grammy Award nominations and Musical America naming her 2013 Instrumentalist of the Year.

Celebrating its 30th season in 2017, the New Zealand String Quartet has established an international reputation for its insightful interpretations, compelling communication, and dynamic performing style. The Quartet is known for its imaginative programming and for its powerful connection with audiences of all kinds.

Wellington audiences will have an opportunity to hear Wu Man and the New Zealand String Quartet performing a repertoire that spans the centuries, beginning with traditional Chinese folk music and embracing arresting contemporary scores including pieces by Tan Dun, known for his celebrated soundtrack to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.


Tan Dun: Concerto for String Quartet and Pipa

Tan Dun: Eight Colours for string quartet

Zhao Jiping and Zhao Lin: Red Lantern for Pipa and String Quartet

Tabea Squire: 4th mvt from Chimaera for violin and pipa

Trad. Chinese: Xi Yang Xiao Gu (Flute and Drum music at Sunset)

Trad. Chinese: White Snow in Spring

Yi-Wen Jiang (arr.): Butterfly Love by He Zhanghao and Chen Gang

Start time

September 28, 2017 7:30PM


St Mary of the Angels
17 Boulcott st, Wellington