In March, 2016, a 24-piece replica of Zenghou Yi chime bells arrived at the Center. This is the first and so far the only set of this type of bells in North America.Director Han giving a speech at the Center's opening ceremony.The Center's gallery.A group of professors and students from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing performed at the Center's opening night. Center's Chinese Ensemble.CCMC Chinese Ensemble's first performance at outdoor festival - Murfreesboro Music Festival.Professor Li teaches the Chinese flute to a student. As student learns the hammer dulcimerProfessor Li Zengguang accompanies the MTSU Symphony Orchestra in 2017Collaboration between Chinese Ensemble with Intersection Music in 2017.Professor Ji Jie teaches the erhu. Professor Ji Jie accompanies the MTSU Symphony Orchestra in 2017.January 2017 lecture with American Dulcimer Champion David Mahler and Liu Yuening, from the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing.Dueling Dulcimer Concert at MTSU's Hinton Hall, February 2017.Dragon Harmony concert at CCMC, February 2017.The center's musicians perform at Vol State in Gallatin, TN February 2017.Students visiting the center play the xun (clay flute), November 2016.Visiting artists meeting the President of MTSU, October 2016.Performance at Tucker Theater, December 2016.Dr. Han with students at White House High School, October 2016.The Fall 2017 Chinese Ensemble performs their last concert of the year, December 2017.CCMC Director Dr. Mei Han meets with Guo Shulan and Liu Yuening of the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing. The center's musicians perform at the Discovery Center in Murfreesboro, January 2017.

Show at a Senior Home:

September 29, 2016

CCMC’s artists celebrated Chinese culture with seniors and staff at Maristone Living, Mt. Juliet, TN. This event is part of “Embrace the World,” a monthly program organized by the Home. It was a wonderful event and the seniors enjoyed our music and calligraphy presentation.


Yabin Yuan demonstrates brush painting.   


Zengguang Li playing the hulusi, Chinese free-feed pipe.

Live Beijing Opera October 2016:

A troupe of performers from two of China’s top music schools is coming to MTSU this October to showcase the complex, fiery, and emotional aesthetics of Beijing Opera. This troupe, led by Song Fei, the top erhu (2-stringed fiddle) player in the world, includes many luminaries of Chinese art including Zhang Yao, a renowned vocalist currently serving as director of the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA), acclaimed actress Wang Xiaoyan, and master Jinghu (2-stringed fiddle) player Wang Caiyun.


(NACTA Director Zhang Yao)

On Thursday October 13th between 4:30 and 5:30 pm, the troupe will host an interactive workshop in SFA 117 featuring musical performances, costumes, and face painting. Additionally, Zhang Yao will deliver a lecture on the Beijing Opera style.


(Erhu Virtuoso Song Fei)

The following day, Friday October 14th, there will be two performances. The first will be in SFA room 101 from 9:00 until 10:00 am. It will feature an assortment of Chinese folk melodies. The second performance will be in Hinton Hall at 7:30 pm and feature excerpts from Beijing Operas selected to demonstrate the style's vast emotional range. 


(Flautist Chen Yuen)

This is an exceedingly rare opportunity to experience authentic Beijing opera live in Middle Tennessee. All three events are free and open to the public!


Wax cylinder recording of the Chinese zheng on an original Edison recorder from 1907

A collaboration between the Center for Chinese Music and Culture and the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University. Dr. Mei Han, Director of the CCMC performed three traditional zheng pieces that were recorded by Martin Fisher.

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