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Join us Feb 21st at 8pm for the premiere broadcast from This Week from China's National Centre for the Performing Arts

Erhu artist YU Hongmei performed Erhu concerto Amanisha.
Erhu artist YU Hongmei performed Erhu concerto Amanisha.

What is the erhu? You'll hear the world's leading erhu player Yu Hongmei in music from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The erhu, is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, more specifically a spike fiddle, which may also be called a Southern Fiddle, and is sometimes known in the Western world as the Chinese violin. Erhu soloist Yu Hongmei began her study at the age of eight, and later earned her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the China Central Music University. Yu Hongmei's performance style is full of subtle emotions and passionate, and is noted by the New York Concert Magazine as "a performer representing the modern Chinese music and cultural spirit."

2/21 Tan Dun: Erhu Concerto: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 Liu Tianhua: The Enchanting Night Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Yu Hongmei, erhu; Chen Sa, p; China National Traditional Orchestra; Liu Sha, cond)

2/28 Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 Bao Yuankai: Drizzle in the South from Chinese Sights and Songs Ravel:  Ma mère l'Oye: 5 pièces enfantines Schubert: Symphony No. 8, Unfinished (NCPA Orchestra; Chen Lin and Lu Jia, cond)