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UMS Concert Program, February 20, 1979: Aspects Of Peking Opera -- Hu Hung-yen

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Day
20
Month
February
Year
1979
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Concert: Fiftyfirst
Complete Series: Eighth Annual
Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan

THE UNIVERSITY MUSICAL SOCIETY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGA
Aspects of Peking Opera
Hu Hungyen
Assisted by CHANG TSUANNIEN and NG HAKFAN
titzu (flute) erhhu (fiddle) chinhu (fiddle)
hsiao (flute) sheng (jree reed mouth organ)
Tuesday Evening, February 20, 1979, at 8:30 Rackham Auditorium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
PROGRAM
Demonstration of Makeup
Demonstration of Dance Patterns and Movements
Hu Hungyen
Song of Joy
A popular duet from Central and Southern China.
Ng Hakfan, titzu Chang Tsuannien, erhhu
The Phoenix Terrace
Music played for joyous occasions.
Chang Tsuannien, chinhu Ng Hakfan, hsiao
The Flight of the Partridge
Traditional music one thousand years old played during the celebration of birthdays, weddings, and festivals.
Chang Tsuannien, sheng Ng Hakfan, titzu
Sword Dance
Hu Hungyen Ng Hakfan, titzu Chang Tsuannien, erhhu
Scene from "The Jade Bracelet"
Hu Hungyen INTERMISSION
Centennial Season -Fiftyfirst Concert
Eighth Annual Asian Series
Scarf Dance
Hu Hungyen
The Little Cowherd
A cowherd flirts with a young girl.
No Hakfan, litzu Chang Tsuannien, erhhu
The Stillness of the Night--traditional Chinese Opera Music This music is played for fighting scenes.
Chang Tsuannien, chinhu Nc Hakfan, erhhu
Soochow Song
A famous song from the kunstyle opera popular in the Soochow region. The song describes the beautiful scenery of the area.
Ng Hakfan, titzu Chang Tsuannien, sheng
Peeking at the Beloved
Instrumental music based on a song from Northeastern China.
Chang Tsuannien, erhhu Ng Hakfan, titzu
Pastoral Song
Shepherds play their instruments while tending cattle.
Chang Tsuannien, erhhu Ng Hakfan, titzu
Scene from "The Butterfly Dream"
Hu Hungyen
About the Artist
Hu Hungyen is a professional Peking actress who trained at the Nanking Chinese Opera School and became a leading soloist of an opera company in Hong Kong. She is a highly skilled dancer, singer, acrobat, and mime, with a complete working knowledge of all styles of acting. At one time she led her own troupe in Hong Kong where she also ran a training school. Miss Hu has performed in the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, and in major cities of the United States following her emigration to this country in 1961. A production of "The Butterfly Dream," an opera which Miss Hu directed, had a successful run in New York several years ago. Today, she is the only professional Peking actress in the United States and, indeed, one of the very few left outside China.
Peking Opera originated between the eighth and tenth centuries. Its form as it is known today was developed during the reign of Emperor Chien Lung and reached its fullest development at the end of the 18th century. A mixture of drama, acrobatics, mime, and dance, its stories are derived from the historical events and classical novels of China. Only minimal props are used and virtually no scenery, thus the few objects that do appear on stage are used symbolically. To compensate for this simplicity, the actors wear elaborate headdresses, and the makeup and colorful costumes serve to identify the characters whom they portray. The two essential plots of Peking Opera are military and civil, the former expressing the concept of heroism and the latter, Confucian ideals. Hu Hungyen performs both types of drama.
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