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Watch and Listen: Pipa Player Wu Man LIVE from the WRTI 90.1 Performance Studio

Born in Hangzhou, China, Wu Man studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she became the first recipient of a master's degree in Pipa.

What kind of instrument is the Pipa and how is it changing the sound of classical music? Find out when world-renowned Pipa player Wu Man visits WRTI on Wednesday at 3 PM to perform LIVE and chat with WRTI's Susan Lewis. 

Listen on the radio at 90.1 in Philadelphia and online at WRTI.org. Watch the performance LIVE on the WRTI Facebook page.

Chinese musician Wu Man is a virutouso on the Pipa, a lute-like instrument dating back over 2,000 years. A soloist, educator, and composer, she's a founding member of YoYo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble.  She's featured as performer and composer in the group's 2017 Grammy-winning recording, Sing Me Home.

Wu Man also collaborates with many composers, conductors, and other ensembles, and has appeared in over 40 recordings throughout her career. 

Wu Man is visiting WRTI in advance of her appearance with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia on Sunday December 9th at 2:30 pm and Monday December 10th at 7:30 pm.  In those concerts,  she'll perform the Philadelphia premiere of Dirk Brosse's Mu yan Gu-niang, Lou Harrison's Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra, and a work for solo pipa she herself wrote. 

Join us for concert, conversation and a close up look at this ancient Chinese instrument that is keeping tradition alive and giving a new sound to contemporary works for orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera, electronic music and jazz.

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Leaves Flying in Autumn

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Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.