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Chatterbird to Perform Hello Gold Mountain at Vanderbilt University, Metro Nashville Public Schools
February 10, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Vanderbilt performance to take place Feb. 10, MNPS performances to take place throughout Jan. and Feb.
February 5, 2020 – Nashville, TN – chatterbird, a Nashville-based chamber ensemble, has partnered with Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to present upcoming performances and outreach programs surrounding Hello Gold Mountain. The performances will take place throughout January and February, and full details can be found below.
Hello Gold Mountain is a requiem for the lost possibilities of the Jewish community of Shanghai. The work, an original composition by Wu Fei, tells the stories of Jewish refugees who fled from Europe to Shanghai during WWII, and later from Shanghai to San Francisco during the Chinese Civil War. Drawing on the musical traditions of eastern European Jewish culture and China, Hello Gold Mountain reflects on the cultural impact of refugee populations both then and now. The world premiere of Hello Gold Mountain took place February 23, 2019, featuring Wu Fei and chatterbird at Blair’s Ingram Hall.
chatterbird and Wu Fei will perform excerpts of Hello Gold Mountain during Blair School of Music’s GlobalVU, a university-wide initiative to further global engagement through various programs. The performance will take place following a roundtable discussion global opportunities and challenges facing Western classical musicians. The talk will take place in Turner Hall and feature Rafael Payare (San Diego Symphony), Wu Fei (Hello Gold Mountain composer), and Dr. Rachel Beckles Willson (SOAS, University of London).
chatterbird will also present Hello Gold Mountain educational outreach programs for select MNPS schools throughout January and February. These 60-minute programs feature excerpts of Hello Gold Mountain, performed by Wu Fei and chatterbird musicians. The programs also include facilitated discussion on the historical context of Jewish refugees in Shanghai and the impact of having neighbors from different cultures. These events will take place at Bellevue Middle School, Hume Fogg Academic Magnet High School, and previously at the Oasis Center. These events are not open to the public, and further details can be made available to the press upon request.
Community-focused outreach and engagement activities for Hello Gold Mountain are supported in part by funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Arts Build Communities Grant along with the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Discretionary Grant program.
Hello Gold Mountain
February 10, 4:00 PM
Blair School of Music
Ingram Hall, 2400 Blakemore Ave
Nashville, TN 37212
About chatterbird: chatterbird is a chamber music ensemble that explores alternative instrumentation, stylistic diversity, and interdisciplinary collaboration in order to create thoughtful, intimate, and inventive musical experiences. Formed in 2014, chatterbird performs classical music that skirts traditional boundaries, sliding between classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, avant-garde, and country, creating a thoughtful and inventive way to discover and experience modern classical music. chatterbird brings cutting-edge chamber music repertoire into spaces where you wouldn’t usually find it, like bars, galleries, breweries, basements, and everywhere in between.
About Wu Fei: Born and raised in Beijing, Wu Fei is a composer, vocalist and performer of the guzheng (Chinese zither), as well as the piano. She began performing guzheng at the age of six, and spent her formative years studying composition at the China Conservatory of Music. She holds an M.A. in Composition from Mills College where she studied improvisation and composition.
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