Melody of China Brings Traditional and New Chinese Music to Metro Libraries

 

Hong Wang, who is the Artistic Director of the musical ensemble Melody of China, thinks that young people in the west have little knowledge of China beyond egg rolls, Jackie Chan and Kung Fu Panda and his goal is to expand their horizons.

Helping him with that goal, the Metropolitan Library System is sponsoring a series of concerts by Melody of China.  The ten concerts will be presented at ten MLS locations November 3-8.

Melody of China began in the San Francisco Bay area in 1993 to promote Chinese classical, folk and contemporary music, and also to entertain through a blend of the ancient musical tradition of China and the youthful, multi-colored culture of contemporary America.

“You can use words to express thoughts,” Hong Wang said, “but through music, I can do the same thing. Tradition is the most useful source for creative music. The things we do now are based on tradition. ... If we don’t have a past, we don’t have a future.”

Melody of China’s performances at MLS are co-sponsored by Friends of the Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Schedule of Melody of China presentations:

For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 14 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Almonte, Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Patience S. Latting Northwest, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.