East Asian Music Concert
- Event Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022
- Time: 2:00 pm (CDT)
- Location: Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory St., Urbana, IL
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Spurlock Museum is hosting a concert by local artists Ru Huang and Yarong Guan. The event will be May 28 at 2:00 pm in the Museum’s Knight Auditorium. The concert will include popular, jazz, and traditional tunes from East Asia, played on the erhu and piano, as well as improvisation of twentieth century Shanghai classics, such as Shanghai Nights, , I Love You, and The Love You Can’t Get. Also featured will be songs by Teresa Teng, called "Asia's eternal queen of pop." The musicians will share their stories of encountering the music.
The Spurlock Museum acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency for this event.
Ru Huang, originally from China, is a classically trained Soprano, multi-style vocalist, and instrumentalist (Chinese Instrument-Erhu). She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in voice performance and literature at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has an undergraduate degree in Erhu and Voice from Central Normal University. Ru has performed as the Governess in the Opera Film Turn of the Screw in 2021 and the cover of Countess in the Marriage of Figaro in the 2022 Spring production with Lyric Theatre @ Illinois. She premiered the new music work Ephemeral Grandeur by composer Mengqi Lai with the Illinois Modern Ensemble in February 2022. She has sung multiple concerts and performed many roles with theatre and music companies, including Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, USC opera (Los Angeles), Aspen Opera Company, and Boston Court Pasadena. She is the 1st place winner of the Central Region 2021 NATS competition. She is also the scholarship-awarded musician of Silkroad Ensemble GMW workshop, as the erhu musician and singer. Her mission is to unite people and promote peace through music. She is the ex-president of Jasmine Field Orchestra, the current director of Cross the Ocean Ensemble @Illinois, ex-president, and founder of the USC Eastern Chamber. In 2016, she represented the Confucius Institute, touring as an erhu performer in Malaysia and Indonesia.