Monday, November 4, 2013


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  Hong Wang, who is the Artistic Director of the musical ensemble Melody of China, thinks that young people in the west have little knowledge of China beyond egg rolls, Jackie Chan and Kung Fu Panda and his goal is to expand their horizons.
Helping him with that goal, the Metropolitan Library System is sponsoring a series of concerts by Melody of China.  The ten concerts will be presented at ten MLS locations November 3-8.
Melody of China began in the San Francisco Bay area in 1993 to promote Chinese classical, folk and contemporary music, and also to entertain through a blend of the ancient musical tradition of China and the youthful, multi-colored culture of contemporary America.
“You can use words to express thoughts,” Hong Wang said, “but through music, I can do the same thing. Tradition is the most useful source for creative music. The things we do now are based on tradition. ... If we don’t have a past, we don’t have a future.”
Melody of China’s performances at MLS are co-sponsored by Friends of the Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Schedule of Melody of China presentations:
Sunday, November 3 at 2pm = Downtown Library, 300 Park Avenue
Monday, November 4 at 1pm = Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26th
Monday, November 4 at 7pm = Bethany Library, 3510 N. Mueller
Tuesday, November 5 at 7pm – Midwest City Library, 8143 E. Reno
Wednesday, November 6 at 10am = Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard
Wednesday, November 6 at 2pm = Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122nd
Thursday, November 7 at 1pm = Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker
Thursday, November 7 at 7pm = Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa
Friday, November 8 at 10am = The Village Library, 10307 N. Pennsylvania
Friday, November 8 at 2:30pm = Del City Library, 4509 SE 15th
For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the
MLS website,

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