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Monday, May 5, 2014: Sacabuche presents Matteo Ricci: His Map and Music

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Matteo Ricci: His Map and Music

Monday, May 5, 2014, 7:30-9:00pm
Northrop — Best Buy Theater

$10 Students, $35 General Admission (tickets available here)

ricci crop¡Sacabuche!, an early music ensemble directed by Linda Pearse, in collaboration with Ann Waltner, use music, words and images to explore the map of the world made by the Italian Jesuit Matteo Ricci, in China in Chinese in 1602. The Baroque instruments and voices of Sacabuche are joined by the sheng, a Chinese wind instrument, and the guzheng, a Chinese zither-like instrument in this performance. In addition to Baroque music and Chinese folk music, the ensemble plays contemporary music by the New York-based composer Huang Ruo. The music evokes the Italian context that produced Ricci, the Chinese context in which he lived, as well as connecting present to past. The spoken texts (delivered in both English and Chinese) are drawn from sixteenth and seventeenth century sources about Ricci and his map. The images projected onto the stage round out a splendid evening of wandering through Ricci’s world.

This performance is made possible in part by a grant from the James P. Geiss Foundation, a non-profit foundation that sponsors research on China’s Ming dynasty (1368-1644), as well as a grant from the China and Inner Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies. Additional funding came from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

Ancient map showing China as centre of world goes on display

Cosponsored by the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library and the Departments of History and Theater Arts & Dance. ¡Sacabuche! will also perform Italy Invades Poland! on May 7 and Venetia 1500 on May 8.

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