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Saturday, June 5, 1993 - 19:00

Concert: Classical Temple Music at Zhi Hua Si

There will be a full moon on the 5th of June and we are pleased to be able to offer our members a very special treat – to enjoy 500 year-old music in the Great Hall of the Zhi Hua Temple, built in the eighth year of the Zhengtong Emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Zhi Hua Si classical temple music is the only well preserved Chinese classical music. It has been played uninterruptedly, unaltered for 28 generations. It is treasured in China and highly appreciated abroad as well, for its artistic and historic value. A group of monks, musicians in their twilight years, and revered as “China's National Treasures” for their unique skill, will play for us on special instruments. Mr. Tian Qing, a lifetime researcher of Buddhist music with the Research Institute of Music, will give us a short introduction to Buddhist music in general and to Zhi Hua Si temple music in particular, and will present the instruments. Come early and visit the newly restored pavilion.