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Traditional Chinese Music with The Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble

2019-05-18 11:00:00 2019-05-18 12:00:00 America/New_York Traditional Chinese Music with The Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library

Saturday, May 18
11:00am - 12:00pm

Add to Calendar 2019-05-18 11:00:00 2019-05-18 12:00:00 America/New_York Traditional Chinese Music with The Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage with us by joining us for a free Gu-Zheng concert by Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble playing traditional and contemporary Chinese music. Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage with us by joining us for a free Gu-Zheng concert by Alice Gu-Zheng Ensemble playing traditional and contemporary Chinese music.

The Alice Gu-zheng Ensemble, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2002 by Alice and her husband, Kent, who are the instructors. This ensemble has more than forty gu-zheng enthusiasts, ranging from ages six to sixty-five, and has held over three hundred public performances in Washington DC area since 2002. This ensemble was invited to perform at different universities, government departments, libraries, as well as shopping centers, such as Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Center, National Hall Square of Smithsonian Museum, Blackrock Center etc. Gu-zheng is a Chinese plucked zither. It has 21 strings and movable bridges and date上back to 200 BC. It is the ancestor of several Asian zither instruments, such as the Japanese koto, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese đàn tranh. 

It is usually made of phoenix tree wood, has a rectangle sound box and a surface in a curve with tight strings. The strings on Gu-Zheng were originally made of silk in ancient times.  Nowadays the strings are made with metal strings or metal wrapped with nylon.  The common performance technique of Gu-Zheng is to pluck the strings with the thumb, index finger and middle finger of the player's right hand while left hand performs different techniques, such as slight vibrating, kneading, skimming, sliding, etc.  Gu-Zheng allows musicians to depict the subtle changes of human feeling. Music produced by Gu-Zheng is considered elegant and romantic. 

AGE GROUP: | All Ages |

EVENT TYPE: | Diversity | Art & Music |

TAGS: | Asian Pacific American Heritage Month |

Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library

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Phone: 703.746.1704
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Hours
Mon, Jul 15 10:00AM to 9:00PM
Tue, Jul 16 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Wed, Jul 17 10:00AM to 7:00PM
Thu, Jul 18 1:00PM to 9:00PM
Fri, Jul 19 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Sat, Jul 20 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Sun, Jul 21 1:00PM to 5:00PM

About the library

Parking: The library has a parking lot.

Public Transit:

  • Metrorail: King Street Station (Yellow & Blue 3.3 miles)
  • Metrobus: 8W, 25B, 28A
  • DASH Bus: AT2, AT5

Upcoming events

Wed, Jul 24, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Oddball Cinema as they screen lesser known films, films that never received a wide release, foreign films, and films that are just downright strange!

Fri, Jul 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
This summer, Friday Afternoons are movie matinees at Duncan Library!

Sat, Jul 27, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Oddball Cinema as they screen lesser known films, films that never received a wide release, foreign films, and films that are just downright strange!

Mon, Jul 29, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for a talk with Dr. Atticus Stovall of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center about the cutting edge laser technology being used to map the world's forests in three-dimensions.

Thu, Aug 01, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us each month as we read a new book. All are welcome!

Fri, Aug 02, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
This summer, Friday Afternoons are movie matinees at Duncan Library!

Mon, Aug 05, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn some Line Dancing Basics. You will learn some steps for beginners to get you started with Line Dancing. Bring some friends or come alone, this class is great for beginners.

Wed, Aug 07, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
The Friends of Duncan Library present A Year of Great Neo Noir Films.

Fri, Aug 09, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
This summer, Friday Afternoons are movie matinees at Duncan Library!

Mon, Aug 12, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn some Line Dancing Basics. You will learn some steps for beginners to get you started with Line Dancing. Bring some friends or come alone, this class is great for beginners.

Fri, Aug 16, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
This summer, Friday Afternoons are movie matinees at Duncan Library!

Sat, Aug 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Learn about Scottish history through dance! A troupe of dancers from the Granfling School of Highland Dance will bring Scottish history to life with a dance performance suitable for all ages.

Mon, Aug 19, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Oddball Cinema as they screen lesser known films, films that never received a wide release, foreign films, and films that are just downright strange!

Wed, Aug 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
The Duncan Book Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

Fri, Aug 23, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
This summer, Friday Afternoons are movie matinees at Duncan Library!

Sat, Aug 24, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Oddball Cinema as they screen lesser known films, films that never received a wide release, foreign films, and films that are just downright strange!

Mon, Aug 26, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join Oddball Cinema as they screen lesser known films, films that never received a wide release, foreign films, and films that are just downright strange!

Fri, Aug 30, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Meeting Room
This summer, Friday Afternoons are movie matinees at Duncan Library!