Li Youping

Music archaeologist Li Youping performs on the bronze bells that are thought in Chinese culture to harmonize heaven and earth. He will lecture and perform Sept. 26 at the Miller Education Center. (Photo submitted)


The MTSU Center for Chinese Culture and Music’s fall 2019 event lineup includes art, music and a celebration of an ancient philosopher.

• “Neither East Nor West: Art Works by Contemporary Chinese Artists” will remain on display through Sept. 14 at the Todd Art Gallery on the MTSU campus. A reception with a guided tour, live music and refreshments is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the gallery. Regular gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

This exhibition features new works by award-winning contemporary Chinese artists whose creations express the rich life experience and emotional landscape of each individual, rather than embracing strictly an Eastern or Western mindset.

• Li Youping of the Wuhan Conservatory of Music in China will deliver a lecture titled “Chinese Chime Bell: Ritual Music in the Age of Confucius” at 4:10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in Room 1600 at the Miller Education Center, 503a Bell St. in Murfreesboro.

Li, a leading music archaeologist, will talk about the use of bronze bells in ancient Chinese culture to harmonize heaven and earth and their use in ritual music. A live demonstration on bronze bells and a stone chime will follow the lecture.

• The MTSU Chinese Music Ensemble will perform ancient and modern Chinese compositions in a concert from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the Robinson Courtyard of the downtown branch of the Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St. in Nashville.

• The ensemble returns for a Confucius Day celebration concert of traditional and contemporary compositions at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Wright Music Building on the MTSU campus. The philosopher Confucius, who lived from 551 to 479 BCE, was also an educator and musician.

Confucianism is described by the Asia Society, a nonprofit educational organization, as generating “a high ideal for family interaction: members were to treat each other with love, respect and consideration for the needs of all.”

• “The River as Song: A Music Dialogue between Songwriters from the USA and China” is slated for 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Hutton Hotel, 1808 West End Ave. in Nashville. Two-time Grammy Award-winner Jim Lauderdale will join forces with Su Yang, a multiple national award-winner from China.

Lauderdale’s works have been recorded by George Strait, George Jones, Solomon Burke, Patty Loveless, Elvis Costello, Vince Gill, the Dixie Chicks and many other artists. His music spans the genres of bluegrass, country, rock, blues, soul and folk.

Yang’s music encompasses Chinese folk tunes and Western rock music. His influences are rooted in the tradition of the northwest China territory upstream from the Yellow River. This concert, which is co-presented with the MTSU Center for Popular Music, will be Yang’s first Nashville appearance.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Center for Chinese Music and Culture at 615-904-8121 or

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