Furman hosts Chinese Culture Night

Furman will host a night of Chinese opera with internationally renowned bass-baritone Sun Yu at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 29 at the Younts Conference Center.

Sun Yu, accompanied by pianist Dewitt Tipton, will present three Chinese songs, “Homesickness,” “On the Jialing River” and “Yada Meyiren,” an inner-Mongolian folk song, as well as two opera arias by Gioachino Rossini and Sergei Rachmaninoff.  Furman students learning Chinese will recite the lyrics in Chinese, while members of the Chinese Student Association will recite lyrics in English.

A native of Shanghai, Sun Yu is an award-winning singer who has performed lead operatic roles on many of the world’s top stages. Trained at the China Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, his credits include roles in Wagner’s “Parsifal,” Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” Bizet’s “Carmen,” Puccini’s “Madam Butterfly” and Jing Shang’s “Savage Land.”

The Chinese Culture Night event, part of the university’s Cultural Life Program, is sponsored by the Department of Asian Studies and the Chinese Student Association. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., followed by the performance from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Asian Studies at (864) 294-2878.