Friday, September 16, 2016

[096] Chinese teacher, philosopher Confucius focus of Sept. 21 celebration at MTSU

MURFREESBORO – MTSU will pay tribute to one of the most quoted philosophers of all time and one of the greatest influences in the history of eastern Asia.

The Center for Chinese Music and Culture will sponsor a Confucius Day Celebration at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Hinton Hall in the Wright Music Building. This event is free and open to the public. A printable campus parking map is available at

Mei Han, center director, says the program will feature a variety of traditional and contemporary Chinese instrumental music, including numbers from the period in which Confucius lived and fostered his philosophy. Among the instruments to be played is the qin (pronounced “shin”), a thin, flat-bodied instrument with seven strings.

“This is a scholar instrument, and many historical records suggest that Confucius himself played the instrument,” said Han.

In addition, the Nashville Chinese Cultural Club and Jen-Jen Lin and Roxanne Crew from the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville will perform dance numbers.

MTSU alumna Taffy Xu will complement the evening of music, dance and poetry by reading Confucius’ own sayings in both English and Chinese.

After graduating in 2011, Xu studied in Hangzhou, China, for one year through MTSU’s Confucius Institute Hanban scholarship. She earned her master’s degree in 2015. She is now an associate instructor at English Language School in Nashville.

Confucius was born in 551 BCE (Before the Common Era) in what is now Shandong province in China. He is believed to be the country’s first teacher to advocate making education available to all citizens and to advocate the practice of teaching as a vocation.

After a brief political career, which he was forced to vacate because of his moral values, he went into exile for 12 years. However, his reputation and his number of students and followers grew. He died in 479 BCE at the age of 72.

Confucius Day is the 27th day of the eighth lunar month on the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated on different days in the month of September in several Asian nations.

For more information, contact the MTSU Center for Chinese Music and Culture at 615-898-5718 or

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