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Evening of Eastern Culture a Feast for the Senses

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Sioux Falls community has the unique opportunity to explore sights, sounds and culture of Taiwan and China on Thurs., Jan. 18, 2007 as the Washington Pavilion hosts Experience Taiwan. Highlighting the evening event is a performance by the Chai Found Music Workshop, a six-person group that specializes in traditional and contemporary Taiwanese folk music using traditional Chinese instruments. The performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Pavilion’s Belbas Theater. The event continues with a post-concert reception in the Schulte Room that offers all ticket holders a chance to meet the performers and sample Chinese food. A special display of Chinese instruments from the National Music Museum in Vermillion will also be on hand before and after the performance, as will members of the museum. This past summer, delegates from the Taiwan Council for Cultural Affairs conducted a site visit at the Washington Pavilion and other regional attractions in preparation for a major international Taiwanese art exhibition that will be featured in the Washington Pavilion’s Visual Arts Center in May, 2007. “We rolled out the red carpet and showed the delegates the best our state has to offer,” says Washington Pavilion CEO, Steven A. Hoffman. “After their visit, the director of the Taipei Cultural Center was so impressed with what we have to offer that they presented us with a very exciting and unexpected opportunity.” That opportunity is a performance by one of Taiwan’s most treasured performing arts groups, the Chai Found Music Workshop. The group will be performing in New York and Florida and will make a special trip to perform in Sioux Falls. “We are very honored to host the Chai Found Music Workshop and recognize what a unique opportunity this concert and reception will be for the community to experience the culture of Taiwan and China,” says Hoffman. He adds, “The exhibit of instruments from the National Music Museum will provide additional insight to the music and culture and allow our audience to experience the performance in a very unique way.” About Chai Found Music Workshop (CFMW) In 1991 a group of musicians got together with the aim of reviving Chinese musical tradition and finding new creative possibilities building upon that tradition, while still protecting the essence of sizhu music (Chinese chamber music). Thus CFMW was formed. The instruments of CFMW are the six most representative instruments of Chinese musical tradition: the erhu, the di, the pipa, the guzheng, the yangqin, and the ruanxian. With these six instruments it is possible to put on a truly traditional sizhu music performance, but they also give the artist room to develop modern, creative pieces. Ever since the group’s inception, Chai Found has not only sought to cultivate the traditional side of their music, but also to provide composers with a unique experience and room to play with that tradition. CFMW adheres to their traditional foundation while still pursuing contemporary extensions of that tradition. They continue to provide a first class platform for the melding of cultures, while always seeking to broaden the scope their own repertoire. As far as Chai Found is concerned, the passing on of culture is not something to just be done blandly and mechanically, but to be actively enjoyed and constantly updated, just as they have done with bringing traditional Chinese chamber music into the new millennium. This unique cultural evening is presented by the Washington Pavilion, the National Music Museum and the Taipei Cultural Center in New York. Tickets for Experience Taiwan including the performance, exhibition and reception, are $12 or $10 for Pavilion members and /or students and will go on sale Sat., Dec. 16 at 9:30 a.m. and can be purchased by calling the Pavilion box office at (605) 367-6000 or 1-877-WASHPAV. Or go on online to Seats are limited. ### EDITOR’S NOTE: Images are available online at Choose “general information” and the “media information” link. User name: media Password: photo Title: ChaiFound