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Fermilab Art Series presents:
"Xiaohui Ma Magic Erhu Recital: Erhu Holding Hands with the World"
with Erica Tam-Wang, Piano; Mark Lekas, Cello and Matthew Coley, Percussion

August 1, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Tickets - $18/$9 for ages 18 and under
"Ms. Ma, you are truly one of the most talented musicians of our time and you have made it your challenge to transform the Erhu from being an instrument only associated with traditionally Chinese music to one recognized on the great stages of the world as a bona fide classical instrument." – Tan Dun, Composer and Oscar Winner for "Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon" Soundtrack

Join us for a rare and unique performance of music performed by China’s premiere erhu artist, Xiaohui Ma as she performs with cello, piano and percussion. The program will be a multicultural experience celebrating music from around the world including traditional and modern Chinese, Egyptian, European Classical, Tango & Jazz, popular music including that from Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon, the Beijing Olympics and the 2010 Shanghai Exposition, as well as some of Ma Xiaohui’s original compositions.

One of China's first-class traditional artists, embracing an international career, renowned Shanghai Erhu musician and composer Ma Xiaohui is "an artist who speaks with the world through Erhu." Raised in an academic family, she graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She is perhaps most readily recognized for her duet with famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma on the Oscar-winning soundtrack for the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

In 2008, Ma Xiaohui gave her first Carnegie Hall Erhu recital "Erhu Holding Hands with the World," in the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Her music was rapturously received by the New York audience. Proud of its national treasure, the Chinese government in 2000 presented Ma Xiaohui as Cultural Ambassador in Shanghai's successful bid for the 2010 World Exposition. This Shanghai artist – often called the Queen of Erhu – has promoted the World Expo with concerts in Singapore (2008), France and Belgium (2007), and elsewhere, often for heads of state.

Ma Xiaohui has toured extensively over the last decade across Europe, Asia and the Americas, appearing with noted orchestras in more than five hundred concerts, recitals and lectures. European appearances have included the Berlin Chamber Orchestra and the French National Symphony Orchestra. In the United States her programs included the Kennedy Center for the Performing Art’s Millennium Stage in Washington, DC, during 1999 and 2006. The Kennedy Center declared her 1999 performance among the Center's finest ten concerts. In Asia, Ma Xiaohui has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of China, the Singapore National Symphony, and at Classical Concert Hall in Seoul, Korea, among others.

In December 2007, Ma Xioahui was selected to play as “principal traditional artist” in the opening concert for the newly built National Center for the Performing Arts of China in Beijing (the “Egg”). In November 2008, Ma Xiaohui became the first Chinese traditional musician to hold recitals and master lectures at the United Nations and at Columbia University, in New York City.

Recently, Ma Xiaohui was selected to become the new Dior "famous artist image" in China. Dior posters portray a beautiful image of Ma Xiaohui with her “darling Erhu,” reflecting something of her charm and unique musical ability, as a role model for women everywhere.

About Erika Tam-Wang: Erica Tam-Wang is currently on the piano faculty of Sherwood Conservatory of Music at Columbia College in Chicago. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she has won numerous prizes and awards before she came to the United States. She got her Master of Music degree as well as Performer's Diploma at Indiana University, Bloomington. Erica has also furthered her piano study at Chatauqua Institute as well as the Van Cliburn Piano Institute held at Texas Christian University where she was studying with Yoheved Kaplinsky and John Owings. She is one of the accompanists for Wheaton College where she works with the students in the Conservatory of Music. She has also done collaborative work with different prestigious institutions such as Roosevelt University, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Moody Bible Institute. She has had extensive performances both as a soloist and accompanist throughout the United States, Asia, and Bolivia.

About Mark Lekas: Mark Lekas was a full scholarship student at the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Paul Katz of the Cleveland String Quartet. Other teachers have included Zara Nelsova, Steven Kates, Michael Haber and Leonard Chausow. Mr. Lekas was a member of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra, the New American Chamber Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Salem String Quartet. He currently enjoys an active musical life in Chicago as Principal Cello with the Indiana Symphony, as a member of the Lake Forest Symphony, and the Grammy-nominated Nashville Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he is a regular substitute cellist for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Mark frequently performs chamber music with the North Park Chamber Players, the Brass String Chamber Ensemble, the Pilgrim Chamber Players, and the Lekas Trio. He has performed many times on WFMT’s Live from Studio One series. He is also an active studio cellist, recording for television and radio jingles, and has just received a gold album certification for his work on Michael W. Smith’s CD Healing Rain. He also plays musicals for Broadway in Chicago, and just finished a three year run of the show Wicked. He is currently on the faculty of North Park University.

About Matt Coley: hammer dulcimer artist, composer, and clinician. Matthew has presented solo marimba and percussion concerts and has performed as a soloist with orchestras and ensembles throughout the US and abroad. Most recently, he has performed with the San Francisco Sinfonietta, Kurpfalzisches Kammerorchester Mannheim, Moldavian Teleradio Symphony Orchestra, and Third Coast Percussion Quartet. Matthew is founding artistic director of SONIC INERTIA (dance + electronic media + live music), which also consists of smaller chamber groups, SI2, SI5, marimba and piano duo (Coley/Drews Duo) and a flute, bassoon, and percussion trio (Apollo Trio). He has advanced the repertoire for the hammer dulcimer in contemporary and chamber music settings with the efforts of these ensembles. Matthew is a published composer with Innovative Percussion, Inc. and a clinician in a diverse field of percussion performance topics, as well as dance and multi-media collaboration. He has created works for and collaborated with Thodos Dance Chicago New Dances, Evanston Dance Ensemble, and Lincolnshire Academy of Dance. He received his Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University in percussion performance and literature in 2003 under Michael Burritt and James Ross. Matthew is endorsed by Vaughncraft Percussion and Innovative Percussion, and is a featured artist on the Illinois Arts Council ArtsTour Roster for 2007-2009.

Related Links:
www.maxiaohui.com includes many audio clips.
You can also check out Ma Xiaohui on NPR's All Things Considered.


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