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Passage to the Middle Kingdom

Series produced by MoraQuest

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Ancient. Mysterious. Cultivated.

For hundreds of years, China has held sway over the western imagination. With exquisite silks, architecture, poetry, calligraphy, paintings, music and more, the bounty of this great civilization pays witness to the enormous creativity and heart of its people. Passage to the Middle Kingdom focuses on one of China’s most affecting exports: her musical traditions. From America’s suburbs to the subways, from community centers to world-renowned stages, Chinese musicians are bringing the sounds of an ancient art form to our western tapestry. Learn about the instruments, the music and the keepers of this oral tradition.

Producer:
Noel Morris writes for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Atlanta Opera, ArtsATL, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She is producer of the WFMT Radio Network’s “Shanghai Spring” and “Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Broadcast,” and is co-producer of WQXR’s opera podcast “He Sang/She Sang.” Past productions include "Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin," as well as radio series for the Library of Congress, Wolf Trap, WABE in Atlanta and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Noel has produced special projects for WQXR in New York City and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Executive producer:
Jennifer Hou Kwong (Jian Ping) specializes in cross-cultural exchanges and communications. She has facilitated the collaborations for Chicago WFMT Radio Network with the Shanghai Media Group Radio, China Radio International, the Shanghai International Music Festival, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and is adviser for Chicago WFMT Radio Network’s “Shanghai Spring” (two series) and “Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Broadcast.”
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For hundreds of years, China has held sway over the western imagination. With exquisite silks, architecture, poetry, calligraphy, paintings, music and more, the bounty of this great civilization pays witness to the enormous creativity and heart of its people. Passage to the Middle Kingdom focuses on one of China’s most affecting exports: her musical traditions. From America’s suburbs to the subways, from community centers to world-renowned stages, Chinese musicians are bringing the sounds of an ancient art form to our western tapestry. Learn about the instruments, the music and the keepers of this oral tradition.Producer:Noel Morris writes for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Atlanta Opera, ArtsATL, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She is producer of the WFMT... Show full description


16 Pieces

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About 2,500 years ago, the body of a Chinese nobleman was placed in a tomb with items he cherished most: furnishings, bronze vessels, weapons and s...

Bought by KBYI


  • Added: Jul 05, 2017
  • Length: 10:00
  • Purchases: 1
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About 2,500 years ago, the body of a Chinese nobleman was placed in a tomb with items he cherished most: furnishings, bronze vessels, weapons and s...

  • Added: Jul 05, 2017
  • Length: 04:29
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At one time, the erhu was the muse of Central Asian nomads; this small, two-stringed fiddle could be played on horseback (imagine folk modifying an...

Bought by KBYI


  • Added: Jul 05, 2017
  • Length: 10:00
  • Purchases: 1
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At one time, the erhu was the muse of Central Asian nomads; this small, two-stringed fiddle could be played on horseback (imagine folk modifying an...

  • Added: Jul 05, 2017
  • Length: 04:30
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It's among the most popular instruments in China. Over most of its 2,500-year-history, the guzheng has been a mainstay in everything from opera to ...

Bought by Hawaii Public Radio, KBYI, and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside


  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 09:59
  • Purchases: 3
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It's among the most popular instruments in China. Over most of its 2,500-year-history, the guzheng has been a mainstay in everything from opera to ...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 04:29
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Have you ever heard of a wooden fish, a flowerpot drum or a nipple gong? They are part of a raucous, colorful-and wildly popular-feature in Chinese...

Bought by Hawaii Public Radio, KBYI, and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside


  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 10:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Have you ever heard of a wooden fish, a flowerpot drum or a nipple gong? They are part of a raucous, colorful-and wildly popular-feature in Chinese...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 04:30
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As a child, Jennifer Alexa Zhang spent around eight hours a day practicing the piano. As a teen, she added the Chinese bamboo flute to her regimen ...

Bought by KBYI, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, KHSU, Hawaii Public Radio, and KOWS


  • Added: May 09, 2017
  • Length: 10:00
  • Purchases: 5
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As a child, Jennifer Alexa Zhang spent around eight hours a day practicing the piano. As a teen, she added the Chinese bamboo flute to her regimen ...

Bought by KHSU, Hawaii Public Radio, KPTZ, Port Townsend, WA, and KOWS


  • Added: May 09, 2017
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 4
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Yazhi Guo grew up during China’s Cultural Revolution when conservatories were closed and traditional Chinese music and musical instruments were all...

Bought by KBYI, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, KHSU, Hawaii Public Radio, and KOWS


  • Added: May 09, 2017
  • Length: 09:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Yazhi Guo grew up during China’s Cultural Revolution when conservatories were closed and traditional Chinese music and musical instruments were all...

Bought by KHSU, Hawaii Public Radio, KPTZ, Port Townsend, WA, and KOWS


  • Added: May 09, 2017
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Xiao Xiannian (Xiao is the last name) is a conservatory-trained virtuoso of the YangQin-a Chinese hammered dulcimer. Once a soloist with a prestigi...

Bought by KBYI, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, KHSU, Hawaii Public Radio, and KOWS


  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 10:07
  • Purchases: 5
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Xiao Xiannian (Xiao is the last name) is a conservatory-trained virtuoso of the YangQin-a Chinese hammered dulcimer. Once a soloist with a prestigi...

Bought by KHSU, Hawaii Public Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KPTZ, Port Townsend, WA, and KOWS


  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 04:29
  • Purchases: 5
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Wu Man lives in San Diego, but works in venues around the world. And she is doing it on an instrument that had once been in decline. When she enter...

Bought by KBYI, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, KHSU, Hawaii Public Radio, and KOWS


  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 09:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Wu Man lives in San Diego, but works in venues around the world. And she is doing it on an instrument that had once been in decline. When she enter...

Bought by KHSU, Hawaii Public Radio, KPTZ, Port Townsend, WA, and KOWS


  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 04:30
  • Purchases: 4