The Mandarin “Lunch and Learn 午间中文” is a free, online, monthly ‘Read-Aloud’ series for Chinese language learners of all levels.
Join us to learn and practice Mandarin, while engaging with Chinese literature, poetry, history and more with fellow enthusiasts. Participants will enjoy live, interactive learning sessions with our language and cultural experts from home. Each session will start with a read-aloud in Mandarin of a carefully selected poem which represents both a touchstone to Chinese culture as well as text for practicing Mandarin language and pronunciation.
On April 2, we will read the poem Sending Off a Dear Friend by Wang Wei and Ms. Zhou Yi, our beloved musician and educator, will return with her amazing performance of Qin, the quintessential Chinese instrument for scholars.
Shenzhan Liao (host): Head of School of Chinese Studies at China Institute.
Zhou Yi: Praised for her “breathtaking” meticulous technique and expressiveness by the Washington Post, pipa/qin soloist Zhou Yi performs widely both in the U.S. and internationally. Her selected appearances include: Tan Dunʼs Concerto for Pipa and String Orchestra at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig Germany; Young Peopleʼs Concert with the New York Philharmonic; Bun-Ching Lamʼs Song of the Pipa and Sudden Thunder with the Sinfonieorchester Münster; Zuqiang Wuʼs Sisters of the Grassland with the Ohio Youngstown Symphony Orchestra; guest qin artist with the San Francisco Opera in Bright Shengʼs Dream of the Red Chamber; guest pipa and qin artist with the Santa Fe Opera in Huang Ruoʼs Dr. Sun Yatsen.
An enthusiastic music educator and pipa instructor at Music at China Institute, Zhou Yi gives lectures and workshops to a wide range of students at NYU, public schools and libraries. Her students gained the top scores in a number of musical arts programs and have been awarded in televised talent shows. Ms. Zhou graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music and is currently the artistic director of the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society of NY.
Recordings of all programs are available on China Institute’s special YouTube playlist.