September 6, 2011
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

The Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai will perform a concert on traditional instruments Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barrus Concert Hall at BYU-Idaho.


The founding of the Chinese Opera Orchestra in early 2010 was heralded as a major event in preserving and popularizing Chinese traditional music and in making it accessible to people throughout the world.


Under the leadership of artistic director and conductor Maestro Wang Yongji, the orchestra has specialized in Chinese folk music and traditional Chinese opera.


Musicians will play many traditional Chinese instruments, including the erhu, guzheng, pipa, sanxian, suona, liuqin, sheng, paixiao, yangqin, zhongyuan, jinghu, dizi, zhonghu, konghou, gaohu and many traditional percussion instruments.


Sometimes Maestro Wang and the musicians broaden their artistry by playing unique arrangements of Western music or by adding the sonorities of classical Western instruments to these ancient Chinese instruments. The orchestra also often performs with top vocal soloists from the traditional opera companies.


Sponsored by the Center Stage Performing Arts Series, tickets are $6 for BYU-Idaho students and employees and $12 for the general public, and are available online at or from the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office by calling 496-3170.