Wednesday, March 02, 2016

[358] MTSU presents top-notch Chinese musicians in free concert March 17

MURFREESBORO — Award-winning artists from China’s most prestigious musical institutions will entertain this month in Murfreesboro.

The Confucius Institute of MTSU and MTSU’s Center for Chinese Music and Culture will present a free concert featuring performers from Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17, in Tucker Theatre on campus. A printable parking map is available at

“The Central Conservatory is considered the most prestigious musical educational institution in China,” said Mei Han, center director and associate professor in the MTSU School of Music.

Imperial court music and contemporary compositions are part of the program, as well as Beijing Opera selections by renowned actors who have performed around the world.

The concert commemorates the opening of MTSU’s new Center for Chinese Music and Culture. Located at 503 Bell St. in Murfreesboro, the Center is the “first and only Chinese music center in North America,” said Han.

The center has an impressive collection of Chinese musical instruments, including the first set of replica bronze chime bells of the Marquis Yi of the Chinese state of Zeng. The originals date back to 433 BCE (Before the Common Era).

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Han at 615-898-5718 or To learn more about the Center for Chinese Music and Culture, go to

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