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APSU Department of Music, Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts welcomes Acuff Award winning Orchid Ensemble

The Austin Peay State University Department of Music and APSU’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts welcome the Orchid Ensemble, recipients of the 2015 Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts.

Their visit to Austin Peay includes sessions specifically designed for music majors and events for the entire student population, concluding with a concert that is free and open to the public on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus.

The Austin Peay State University Department of Music and APSU’s Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts welcome the Orchid Ensemble, recipients of the 2015 Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts.

Their visit to Austin Peay includes sessions specifically designed for music majors and events for the entire student population, concluding with a concert that is free and open to the public on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mabry Concert Hall on the University campus.

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Orchid Ensemble blends ancient musical instruments and traditions from China and beyond to create a beautiful new sound. Acclaimed as “One of the brightest blossoms on the world music scene” by Canadian entertainment magazine The Georgia Straight, the Orchid Ensemble regularly collaborates with artists from various backgrounds. Using bowed fiddle, long zither and world percussion, the trio embraces a variety of musical styles in its repertoire, ranging from the traditional and contemporary music of China, World Music and New Music to Jazz and Creative Improvisation. The energetic, yet endearing performance style of the ensemble consistently intrigues and delights its audiences.

The following Orchid Ensemble sessions are open to the APSU campus, unless otherwise noted:

Friday, Feb. 27

8 a.m. - Intro to Music of China, MMC 235

9 a.m. - Reception/meet greet faculty and Chinese Culture Society members in Faculty Lounge, MUC Cumberland Room

2:30 p.m. - Intro to Music of China, MMC 235

7:30 p.m. - Free concert open to campus and community members, with a reception to follow

For more information about the Acuff Chair Excellence or upcoming performances and lectures, contact the CECA at 221-7876 or the APSU Department of Music at 931-221-7818.