Chinese Folk Music
Reagan Middle School was one of the fortunate schools in the area to get a visit from Manhu, a Chinese Folk Music group. Students had the opportunity to listen to a new kind of music and interact with the performers. Some students had the chance to try and learn how to make music with a leaf and to perform a traditional Chinese folk dance.
Below is a letter from Christy Zepezauer, Executive Director of the Woodlawn Arts Academy, the organization that brought Manhu to the area.
This week, your students got the opportunity to experience the rural Chinese band Manhu during workshops at their school. This amazingly talented group are on their first tour outside China, and Woodlawn Arts Academy was chosen as the host for the Illinois portion of their visit.
Students heard the band play some songs, learned a few words in the band members’ language and asked a few of their own questions to the band through their interpreter, Josh. Some students got to participate in a traditional dance, and a few even learned how to play a leaf!
You can join your children in this once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience by attending Manhu’s community concert this Saturday, September 23rd at 7pm, at Centennial Auditorium, Sterling High School. Tickets are $10 each and available now in person (cash or check only) at Woodlawn Arts Academy or online at centennialauditorium.org. Students who participated in the workshops should have brought home a postcard good for half off the price of their ticket when purchased in person at Woodlawn or Saturday evening at the Centennial box office.
We look forward to seeing you and your students Saturday night! Thank you for supporting the arts!