Dreaming of Jiangnan: A concert of music from Southeastern China

ANU Chinese Classical Music Ensemble Annual Concert 2019

The ANU Classical Chinese Music Ensemble is pleased to be joined by Dr Nicholas Ng from the Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture (Western Sydney University) with members of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Chinese Music Ensemble.

The region of Jiangnan, which is the area around the mouth of the Yangtse River and further south is famous for its sizhu or silk and bamboo ensembles. Silk and bamboo refer to the materials the musical instruments are made from silk for the stringed instruments, such as the erhu (two-stringed fiddle) and guzheng (zither) and bamboo for the wind instruments such as dizi (horizontal flute) and xiao (vertical flute). The region has a rich musical tradition including some world-famous melodies such as “Zi Zhu Diao” (Purple Bamboo Melody) and “Jie Jie Gao” (Higher and Higher) which is said to be the melody that inspired Carl Maria von Weber in his incidental music for Gozzi’s Turandot and later by Paul Hindemith in his Symphonic Metamorphosis. We will also be dipping into the hauntingly beautiful music for the televised version of the classic Chinese novel “Dream of the Red Chamber”.

This is the ANU Chinese Classical Music Ensemble’s annual fund-raising concert which is supported by the Australia-China Friendship Society, ACT. Together we hope to raise funds for Project Hope in China (sponsoring poor children in rural areas to go to school) and the ensemble’s instrument fund to repair old instruments and buy new ones.


ANU Chinese Classical Music Ensemble

Dates & times

Sunday, 6 October 2019

2.00pm - 4.30pm


Rupert Summerson


Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU

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