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Talk: "Playing Across the Tofu Curtain and other Conversing Intersections" by Tianhui Ng

Conductor Tianhui Ng and Professor Michael Silvers (Musicology) will engage in conversation about intercultural exploration through many musical genres. Topics range from opera and civil rights, to Yoruba opera in New England, to language restoration and Chickasaw opera. In particular, they will discuss Maestro Ng's work with the Victory Players and the Puerto Rican community in the Connecticut River Valley.

This MillerComm talk will be followed at 4:00 pm by a performance at Smith Recital Hall by the Victory Players. These are the culminating events in the weeklong Encuentro Puertorriqueño de Creación Musical (external link), March 30–April 2.

Hosted by: School of Music

In conjunction with: American Indian Studies Program, Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, Center for African Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Department of African American Studies, Department of Asian American Studies, Department of Musicology, Global Crossroads, Improvisers Exchange, La Casa Cultural Latina, Sensing Waters Initiative, Spurlock Museum

The Spurlock Museum acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


George A. Miller Visiting Artist

Associate Professor of Music and Orchestra Director, Mount Holyoke College

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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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For further information on this event, contact the Museum Information Desk at or (217) 333-2360

All participants are welcome. To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at or (217) 244-5586.