At the conclusion of her one-year visit to Metropolitan State University, Professor Yanyan Guo, visiting scholar from China, School of Urban Education, is giving a solo vocal performance to lead the audience on a journey of exploration through the diverse cultures, traditions and geographies of China.
This one-time concert is 7–8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12 in the Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
Guo’s performance is a celebration of multicultural education at Metropolitan State and incorporates slides, narration and introductions to the people and ethnicities from where her songs originate. The concert will conclude with western operas, a new repertoire Gou has explored during her scholarly journey in the Twin Cities.
Guo is a renowned vocal performer and music teacher in her native China. She’s been a professor at Jiangxi Normal University since 2004. She’s won numerous national competitions and awards, including first prize in the Young Singer Contest in Jiangxi Province in 2014. Her expertise includes Chinese vocal music, folk music, operas, artistic and contemporary songs. Gou came to Metropolitan State last year, supported by a grant from the Chinese Scholar Council.
Performance program to include:
Poem chanting: Bells Ringing in the Rain
(Song Dynasty) Yong Liu
Poem chanting: Pavilion of Prince Teng order
(Tang Dynasty) Bo Wang
Beijing Opera: Ode to the Plum Blossom—to the Tune of Bu Suan Zi
Poem by Zedong Mao; music by XuanLing Sun
- 电影《小花》插曲 ：绒花
词: 刘国富、田农 曲：王酩
Edelweiss from “Little Flowers”
Lyrics by Guofu Liu and Nong Tian; music by Min Wang
- 新疆民歌： 一杯美酒
Folk song of Xinjiang: A Cup of Wine
- 内蒙谷歌曲： 草原之夜
词：张加毅 曲 ：田歌
One Night in Pasture
Lyrics by Jiayi Zhang; music by Ge Tian
Lyrics and music by Jingguang Li
- Loving you
Lyrics and music by Minnie Riperton
- “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lioyd Webber
- “Caro Nome ” from “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi
- “Quel Guardo Il Cavaliere” from “Don Pasquale” by Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti
- “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” from “La Rondine” by Giacomo Puccini
Welcome to Jiangxi
Lyrics by Hong Zhu; music by Xinguo Tian