Chamber Music Weeknd

Harp of the East

Silk Road Konghou Art Group

Harp of the East Sat 15 Feb 7.30pm Winthrop Hall Sat 15 Feb 7.30pm Winthrop Hall FREE
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Sat 15 Feb 7.30pm at Winthrop Hall FREE

The Confucius Institute at UWA is proud to partner with Perth Festival to bring to WA audiences for the very first time the beauty of the Chinese konghou harp.

Professor Cui Junzhi from Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music is considered the foremost exponent of the konghou and will lead this performance by the international award winning Silk Road Konghou Arts Group. Audiences will be transported back to ancient times and then immersed in the exquisite sounds of the konghou on a musical journey back to the present.

The Chinese konghu dates back to 770 BC. It died out during the Ming Dynasty but was revived in the 20th century by experts working from historical records and ancient murals. Over the last 40 years a more modern double-bridged version has been developed that looks similar to the Western classical harp and allows advanced playing techniques such as note-bending. Harp of the East will showcase both the modern and ancient konghou.

The konghou has been a catalyst for the fusion of eastern and western classical music. This program will include landmark konghou pieces, traditional Chinese folk music, award winning compositions from the 20th century and a new arrangement created especially for this performance.

Registration is free.

Time & Location

Sat 15 Feb 7.30pm

Winthrop Hall, UWA, 35 Stirling Hwy Crawley, WA, Australia / Godroo


Free Event


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