U.S. college music festival to feature works by Asian American musicians

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NEW YORK, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The U.S.-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music is to explore the importance of Asian American musicians in contemporary American music and society during its upcoming music festival in October.

Themed "Asian American Voices," the fourth season of the China Now Music Festival, from Oct. 12 to 17, will include the voices of a wide array of Asian American composers, the institute said in a press release.

This year's event will feature four concerts and an online panel discussion. Works by about 10 Asian American composers will be performed at the concerts, according to the organizer.

Produced by the U.S.-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, the China Now Music Festival is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of music from contemporary China through an annual series of concerts and academic activities.

This year's theme broadens the festival's scope as it arrives in the midst of a particularly challenging time, shadowed by the global pandemic and recent rise in anti-Asian discrimination and violence, said the organizer.

"We should always cherish the cultural diversity in American society," said China Now Music Festival Artistic Director Jindong Cai.

The U.S.-China Music Institute was founded in 2017 by Cai and Robert Martin, founding director of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, with the mission to promote the study, performance, and appreciation of music from contemporary China and to support musical exchange between the United States and China. Enditem

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