For release: September 3, 2008
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis will celebrate its first anniversary
with a gala concert Sunday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Germantown Performing Arts
Center (GPAC). The event also will mark the observance of the Chinese Full Moon Festival
and the debut of the Confucius Institute’s Performing Arts Ensemble.
The program will feature the Memphis premiere of two Chinese symphonic masterworks,
the violin concerto “Butterfly Lovers” and the piano concerto “Yellow River.” Pu-Qi
Jiang, conductor of the U of M Symphony Orchestra, will conduct. Liling Zhou, a guest
soloist from China's Hubei University, which partnered with the U of M to establish
the Confucius Institute, will perform Guzhen. Featured local artists will include
Pyung-Kang Sharon Oh, Valerie Huang, Debra Pan, Gina Sun, and Lisa Zhou.
A silent auction of Chinese art from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. will precede the concert.
Tickets are $20 for individuals, $15 for each member of groups of 10 or more, and
$10 each for students with valid I.D. For reservations, call Nancy Liu at the Confucius
Institute of the University of Memphis (CIUM) at 901-678-2595 or the GPAC box office
As part of the anniversary celebration, the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art is loaning
two exhibits of Chinese artifacts to be displayed at the Ned McWherter Library. The
exhibits, which include about 20 objects of ivory and jade, will be on display throughout
the fall semester beginning Sept. 9.
On the second floor of the McWherter Library, the Confucius Institute is displaying
a selection of books donated by HANBAN, the Office of the Chinese Language Council
International. The collection, which will be housed in the McWherter Library, focuses
on such areas as Chinese language, history, geography, literature, and art.
More information about the Confucius Institute is available online at http://cium.memphis.edu