From Sanxian to Music of China

From Sanxian to Music of China

Wednesday@Noon Lecture Recital

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
12:10–1 p.m.
Arts Building Music Rehearsal Hall, ARTS 157

Stella Hei Tung Chan, PhD student in Ethnomusicology, UCR Department of Music


The sanxian is a unique Chinese plucked-string instrument with over 2,000 years of history. It has a distinctive tone color and an attractive appearance. The sanxian is especially well-known for its accompanying role in traditional narrative singing performances. In this mini recital, I will play a selected repertoire which provides an overview of music of China through the sanxian.

Stella Hei Tung Chan is a first year doctoral student in Ethnomusicology at the University of California, Riverside. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Stella earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Master of Philosophy in Musicology from the University of Hong Kong. She completed her master thesis “Becoming a Tradition: Re-inventing the Sanxian” in 2016. As an award-winner and an active sanxian performer in Hong Kong, Stella has been involved in various Chinese orchestras and mixed ensembles in the past ten years. Besides performing traditional Chinese music, she also works with young composers and joins different innovative programs like story-telling for kids, sound-painting, music and documentary film, and music and multi-media.

Free and open to the campus
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