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Harmony and Power: The Role of Music in the Cultivation of the Literati in Ancient China 和谐与权利:古代中国的文人与音乐

To be considered fit to govern, officials in ancient China needed to be cultivated in the arts, especially music. An international group of scholars explored this extraordinary phenomenon and its reverberations in contemporary China, from the perspectives of history, literature, musicology, art history, and philosophy.

Friday, March 30
Lecture Concert

3月30日周五 研讨音乐会

Guqin: An Ancient Chinese Instrument and Its Revival
with Zhao Jiazhen and Li Lingchen from the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China
8pm, Chapel of the Holy Innocents, Bard College

古琴:一件中国古乐器与她的复兴 - 中国著名古琴演奏家赵家珍,李令晨 (中央音乐学院)

Saturday, March 31 3月31日周六
Conference Sessions 研讨会

9am to 12pm; 1:30 to 4pm 早9–12点 下午1:30-4点
László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building  音乐学院教学楼大厅

Concert 音乐会 8pm

Not East Not West: Chinese Instruments in Modern Times 无问西东
with Zhao Jiazhen and Friends 赵家珍和朋友们
8pm, Olin Hall, Bard College 巴德学院 Olin hall


  • Erica Brindley (Penn State, Asian Studies)

  • Susan Blake (Bard College, Philosophy)

  • Jindong Cai (Bard College, Music and Arts)

  • Robert Culp (Bard College, Historical Studies)

  • Patricia Karetsky (Bard College, Art History)

  • François Picard (Paris-Sorbonne, Ethnomusicology)

  • Lothar von Falkenhausen (UCLA, Art History and Archaeology)

  • Ye Yang (UC Riverside, Comparative Literature)

  • Yang Yuanzheng (University of Hong Kong, Music)

  • Ying Li-hua (Bard College, Asian Studies)