Norfolk Chamber Music Festival–Yale Summer School of Music

Musical Bridges Project | 2022

The 2022 Concert

Wu Man


Wednesday, July 6 | 7:30 PM | Free Event

ANGEL LAM  The heart is deeper than the ocean

Wu Man  pipa
Cheng Allen Liang  cello
Melvin Chen  piano

The second in our continuing series of commissions bridging music of different cultures with traditional Western classical chamber music features Wu Man GRAMMY-nominated pipa virtuoso and founding member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road project―in a new work by celebrated composer Angel Lam for pipa, cello, and piano.

During the evening you will first hear the work performed, followed by a discussion of the work between the composer and artists, and then lastly a recap performance when you'll have to opportunity to hear the work again, but with a different perspective.

Musical Bridges and this performance is made possible through the generous support of the Desai Family Foundation.

What is a pipa?

Pipa virtuoso Wu Man explains more about this lute-like instrument with a history of more than two thousand years.

2022 Composer

angel Lam

"...otherworldly, dreamily poetic...fanciful music, rich singing tone and sense of drama."  — The New York Times

Composer Angel Lam is a Norfolk alum who has become a first call composer, with works now in the repertoire of soloists, chamber ensembles, and orchestras around the world. | MORE

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Artist Interview

Wu Man: The Power of the Pipa

Wu Man is a one-woman pipa promoter. The renowned GRAMMY-nominated pipa virtuoso travels the world playing this ancient Chinese instrument with orchestras, in chamber groups and as a soloist. You can hear her in everything from Kung Fu Panda 3 to a solo performance with the China National Centre for Performing Arts Orchestra in Beijing.
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artist interview

Composer Angel Lam: Music and Stories

Composer Angel Lam, the Festival’s second commissioned composer of the Musical Bridges project, often starts considering a composition not with specific musical sounds but with words or a story. She gives an example of something she wrote while composing a piece for solo guitar called little snow:

“My daughter was born on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the lunisolar calendar, the day of “little snow”...

For All Events Patrons Must...

• Be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

• Show their vaccination card and photo ID at the door.

• Wear ASTM or N95-equivalent mask at all times inside the building.
Cloth masks alone are not permitted.


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