Music and Museum

Music and Museum



On the eve of her debut with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Bechtler's Music and Museum audiences have the opportunity to hear Wu Man’s remarkable virtuosity on an ancient, 10-stringed instrument called the pipa. On October 7, Wu Man performs East Meets West, a program of dazzling solo works and evocative pieces for pipa and string quartet, featuring the Honors Quartet from the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. 

Recognized as the world’s premier player of the pipa (Chinese lute) and a leading ambassador of Chinese music, Man has carved out a career creating and fostering projects that give the ancient instrument a new role in today’s music. A Grammy Award-nominated artist, her adventurous musical spirit has also led to her becoming a respected expert on the history and preservation of Chinese musical traditions, reflected in her recorded and live performances and multi-cultural collaborations.

Born in Hangzhou, China, Man studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing where she became the first recipient of a master’s degree in pipa. She currently lives in Boston where she was chosen as a Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University. Man was selected by Yo-Yo Ma as the winner of the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize in music and communication. She is the first artist from China to have performed at the White House with the noted cellist with whom she now performs as part of the Silk Road Project. 

Man has collaborated with distinguished musicians such as David Zinman, Yuri Bashmet, and Cho-liang Lin. In the orchestral world she has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, and many others. Her touring has taken her to the major music halls of the world including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.


View a Wu Man performance video.

What is the Pipa?

The pipa (pronounced pea-pa) is a lute-like instrument dating back more than 2,000 years. During the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 B.C. - 220 A.D.), instruments with long, straight-necks and round resonators with snake skin or wooden sound boards were played with a forward and backward plucking motion that sounded like "pea" and "pa." Today's instrument consists of 26 frets and six ledges arranged as stops and its four strings are tuned respectively to A,D,E,A. The pipa's many left and right hand fingering techniques, rich tonal qualities and resonant timber give its music expressiveness and beauty. 


Concerts are performed at noon and 6 p.m. in the fourth-floor gallery. For the noon concert, general seating is available starting at 11:30 a.m. For the 6 p.m. concert, general seating is available starting at 5:30 p.m. A cash bar is provided before the 6 p.m. concert.


Tickets are $12 for the public and $8 for museum members - See more at:

Tickets are $12 for non-members and $8 for museum members.


Music and Museum concertgoers receive discounted parking at the Levine Center for the Arts garage located at the Duke Energy Center, 550 South Tryon Street. Bring parking tickets to the museum for discount validation.

2014-2015 Season

To view the full 2012-2013 Music and Museum schedule, visit the Bechtler's Music and Museum webpage.

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Image: Wu Man © Stephen Kahn

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