A Minnesota-based African American man is breaking cultural barriers by gaining widespread acclaim for playing the guzheng, or Chinese zither. (Image: Screenshot / Youtube)

The African American Who Loves Playing the Guzheng

A Minnesota-based African American man is breaking cultural barriers by gaining widespread acclaim for playing the guzheng, a traditional Chinese instrument. However, some people have accused him of cultural appropriation, preferring that he focus on music from his own culture…

When it comes to classical music, most people will immediately think of the great composers from the Vienna School in the 1700s, including Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. (Image via  wikimedia /  CC0 1.0)

An Interesting Arrangement for a New Era

Do you believe in predestined relationships? In the East, a predestined relationship is called “yuan fen.” It is the idea that all the events people encounter during their lives were prearranged. In the West, there is a similar concept known…

In history, music has often been categorized depending on its purpose. (Image:  wikimedia /  CC0 1.0)

The Cantata: Music for the Glory of God

The cantata was invented in Italy in the late 1600s. A cantata is a vocal composition with musical accompaniment, generally contains more than one movement, and involves a choir. An aria, on the other hand, is typically written for a…

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The African American Who Loves Playing the Guzheng

A Minnesota-based African American man is breaking cultural barriers by gaining widespread acclaim for playing the guzheng, a traditional Chinese instrument. However, some people have accused him of cultural appropriation,…

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An Interesting Arrangement for a New Era

Do you believe in predestined relationships? In the East, a predestined relationship is called “yuan fen.” It is the idea that all the events people encounter during their lives were…

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The Cantata: Music for the Glory of God

The cantata was invented in Italy in the late 1600s. A cantata is a vocal composition with musical accompaniment, generally contains more than one movement, and involves a choir. An…

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The Guqin: The Instrument of the Sages

The guqin, or qin, is a seven-stringed classical musical instrument that is a relative of the zither family and has a history in China of about 5,000 years.

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Music Brings Language to Down Syndrome Boy

Music plays an important role in the growth of children. From birth, babies respond positively to music. Songs are used to help children sleep soundly, learn a language, develop logic,…

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Taiwan’s Customs Choir’s New Year Flash Mob

Taiwan’s Customs Choir, also known as the Guan Sheng Choir (關聲合唱團), performed a flash mob at the lounge of the Customs Building located in downtown Taipei at noontime on January…

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The Pipa: The Traditional Chinese Guitar

The pipa is often referred to as the Chinese lute, and may remind you a little bit of a Western guitar. The history of the instrument reaches back over 2,000…

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The Symphony Orchestra That Touches the Human Heart

Based in New York, Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is comprised of outstanding musicians from various countries. It is part of Shen Yun Performing Arts, and accompanies its dance company on its world…

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Flutist Wins the Hearts of Her Audience

During my recent trip to Chicago, I attended a special noonday concert sponsored by the Musician’s Club of Women at the Fourth Presbyterian Church on Friday, September 1, 2017.