Chinese artist and musician visit TROY

Posted: Wednesday, 17 November 2010

TROY—A pair of internationally acclaimed artists from the People’s Republic of China will make Troy University their home this week as part of the University’s International Education Week.

Dr. Liu Nan, an artist and calligrapher, and musical virtuoso Haiquiong Deng will speak to classes Nov. 18-19, and participate in a special colloquium and recital at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Trojan Center Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by the Confucius Institute at TROY and the John M. Long School of Music, the duo will perform, paint and discuss the artistic pursuits traditionally expected of a “cultivated member of Chinese society.”

“The College of Communication and Fine Arts has enthusiastically embraced ‘international education week’ by joining forces with the Confucius Institute to further engage students in the cultural arts of China,” said Dr. Maryjo Cochran, Dean of the College.

“I’m delighted to team with the Institute, the John M. Long School of Music, the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Troy Arts Council to bring international performance opportunities to the Troy Campus and the community,” she said.

Ms. Deng is a world-renowned master of the Chinese Zheng and a winner of the Outstanding Performance Prize at the Chinese National Zheng Competition in Shanghai, China. She has performed with Yo-Yo Ma and many well-known orchestras around the world and made her Carnegie Hall debut in New York in 2003.

As a young man, Liu Nan was named the winner of the prestigious title, “Young Artist of Tianjin” by the Cultural Committee of Tianjin City. His contemporary works demonstrate the spirit in traditional Chinese art and promote natural and simple artistic expression; nature consistently serves as the main theme in his works. He works with a variety of techniques, including drawing, watercolor, tempera and oil painting and is an accomplished calligrapher.

On Monday, members of the Troy Dance Repertory Ensemble and dance minors participated in a master class with the Lily Cai Dancers. Other activities that highlight internationalization have been on-going through the week.