Erhu Virtuoso to Perform at the Bowers Museum
Karen Han to perform on May 3
Saturday, May 03, 2003
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2002 N. Main Street
Karen Hwa-Chee Han, Erhu virtuoso, composer, and singer, will be performing at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana on Saturday May 3 from 2-3:30 p.m.
Ms. Han, who attended Beijing’s most prestigious music academy, the Central Conservatory of Music, and has received world-wide recognition, has recorded music for more than 100 movies and TV series, including the Oscar-winning The Last Emperor and The Joy Luck Club.
Ms. Han will play her unique and expressive blend of traditional and original music in the Museum’s Conference Center.
Ms. Han started playing the Erhu at the age of six under the tutelage of her father. Gradually, she developed a strong passion for the instrument and grew to love traditional Chinese music. This culminated with her earning a Masters Degree with honors from the Conservatory.
Ms. Han, who lives in Los Angeles, has performed for many visiting foreign dignitaries, including Chinese president Jiang Zemin, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and Luciano Pavarotti. She is the first and only person to play an Erhu concerto with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and regularly performs compositions for Oscar-winning Composer/Conductor Tan Dun.
Ms. Han also serves as the Music Director of the Hollywood Chinese Musicians Ensemble, has established the Chinese Strings Instrument Institute, and teaches privately while maintaining her rigorous recording and performance schedule. Her flawless technique and emotionally expressive playing have made her one of the most acclaimed players of this minimalist instrument.
Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Orange County's largest museum, is dedictate to the preservation, study and exhibition of fine arts from around the world. Its guiding philosophy is helping people learn about other cultures through their arts that will lead to a greater understanding of ourselves and a fuller appreciation of the marvelous diversity of the world in which we live.
Cost: Admission is $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers, $6 for children 16 and under.
Tel: 714 567-3600