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China Institute Holds Literati Salon

Spring Literati Salon: Along the Hudson River
China Institute

In-person program, May 18, 6:30-8pm
Come to China Institute to experience a literati salon (文人雅集) inspired by ancient traditions, and enjoy an evening of classical music, poetry, calligraphy—and wine! Tea and wine will be served.

Artists and Hostess:
Yimin Miao (缪宜民): woodwind virtuoso and educator
Zhou Yi (周懿): pipa/qin soloist and educator
Steve Booke: guitar player/musician and composer
Xiaoping Zhou (周晓平):calligrapher
Shenzhan Liao (廖申展): Hostess of the event and head of the School of Chinese Studies at China Institute

About “Literati Salons” — At China’s traditional “literati salons,” scholars connected with nature, art, and music while sipping tea and wine. At the most famous of these events, the Orchid Pavilion Gathering (兰亭雅集) in the year 353, 42 gentlemen held a famous drinking contest, in which they floated their rice-wine cups down a winding creek as they sat along its banks. Whenever a cup stopped, the man closest to the cup had to empty it and write a poem. In the end, they produced 37 poems and Wang Xizhi (王羲之) produced Preface to the Poems of the Orchid Pavilion (兰亭集序), the finest calligraphic art in China’s history. The event has since fueled inspiration for all forms of Chinese art.

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