US-China Music Institute

For current event listings see the US-China Music Institute website: 
barduschinamusic.org/events

China Now Music Festival photo by Joe Zhou

China Now Music Festival

Facing the Past, Looking to the Future: Chinese Composers in the 21st Century

October 19-22, 2018 at Bard College and in New York City

Concerts and a panel discussion bring into focus the way Chinese composers confront their country's history through music. Also featured, seven world premiere works by faculty of the prestigious composition department of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. Photos HERE. News coverage HERE. 

barduschinamusic.org/china-now-music-festival/
Summer Academy, August 9-26, 2018

Summer Academy, August 9-26, 2018

Bard Youth Chinese Orchestra

For 2 1/2 weeks in August, students of Chinese instruments age 14-20 will come together on the Bard Campus to rehearse and perform as the Bard Youth Chinese Orchestra. Two concerts are planned, at the Fisher Center at Bard and the Sanders Theatre at Harvard. 
For full a description of the program and to apply, see barduschinamusic.org/summer-academy
 
Harmony and Power: The Role of Music in the Cultivation of the Literati in Ancient China

Harmony and Power: The Role of Music in the Cultivation of the Literati in Ancient China

a conference presented by the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music

Friday, March 30th and Saturday, March 31st

To be considered fit to govern, officials in ancient China needed to be cultivated in the arts, especially music. An international group of scholars come together on the Bard campus to explore this extraordinary phenomenon and its reverberations in contemporary China, from the perspectives of history, literature, musicology, art history, and philosophy.

Friday, March 30th, 7: 30pm, Chapel of the Holy Innocents, Bard College

Elegant Gathering (雅集) and Lecture Concert
Guqin: An Ancient Chinese Instrument and its Revival
with Zhao Jiazhen and Li Lingchen from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China

Saturday, March 31st, 9am to 1pm, 2pm to 4:30pm, László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building

Conference Talks with
Erica Brindley (Penn State, Asian Studies) , Susan Blake (Bard College, Philosophy), 
Lothar von Falkenhausen (UCLA, Art History and Archaeology), Patricia Karetsky (Bard College, Art History), Ye Yang (UC Riverside, Comparative Literature), Ying Li-hua (Bard College, Asian Studies), François Picard (Paris-Sorbonne, Ethnomusicology), Robert Culp (Bard College, Historical Studies), Yang Yuanzheng (University of Hong Kong, Music), and Jindong Cai (Bard College, Music and Arts)

8pm, Olin Hall, Bard College

Concert
Not East Not West: Chinese Instruments in Modern Times
with Zhao Jiazhen and Friends

 
January 28, 2018, US-China Music Institute Inaugural Concert

January 28, 2018, US-China Music Institute Inaugural Concert

Music from China: East Meets West in the news:

chinadaily.com: US college program includes Chinese music for first time 
The Millbrook Independent: New Musical Institute at Bard
sinovision.net: Video coverage (in Chinese)
worldjournal.com: Bard Conservatory of Music first Chinese traditional music degree (in Chinese)
worldjournal.com: Spotlight on Jindong Cai: Bringing traditional Chinese music to the world (in Chinese)
Economic Daily: Bard American Music Conservatory held opening ceremony concert (in Chinese)
Dec. 3, 2017, Beijing, China

Dec. 3, 2017, Beijing, China

The US-China Music Institute and the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, create the Chinese Music Development Initiative

Chinese instrumental degree co-founded in Beijing partners with a New York university
Chinese Music Finds New Foothold in United States
January, 2018 Traditional Chinese Instruments Come to Bard

January, 2018 Traditional Chinese Instruments Come to Bard

The US-China Music Institute Partners with Dunhuang Musical Instrument Co.

In addition to offering world-renowned faculties, another critical component for Chinese musical studies outside China is the supply of musical instruments.  The US-China Music Institute has established a long-term strategic business partnership with Shanghai based Dunhuang Musical Instrument Co., Ltd. One of the most influential musical instrument manufacturers in China, Dunhuang will provide instruments and support for various Chinese music projects at Bard.