Festival of Asian Music

University of Michigan – Fall 2023



The Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments and International Institute are delighted to announce a Fall 2023 Festival of Asian Music, composed of twenty performances, lectures, and associated events across the U-M campus. Sponsored by numerous university centers, community partners, and the William P. Malm Stearns Collection Concert Series and Instrument Preservation Fund, these immersive experiences feature musical traditions from across Asia, allowing U-M students, faculty, and the public to connect with master artists and scholars on today’s global stage. Opening and closing panel discussions by performers and scholars will provide context and connectivity for the many events, exploring how Asian musical arts are an integral part of the university and community.

Opening Roundtable Panel:
“Asian Music and Its Traditions”
September 16 | Event details

Closing Roundtable Panel:
“The Future of Asian Musical Traditions”
December 9 | Event details

Events are free and open to the public (unless noted)










Hosted by the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies; Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments; Center for World Performance Studies; Nam Center for Korean Studies; Center for Japanese Studies; and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Violin Meets Huqin: A Transnational Sonic Encounter with Xiao Dong Wei and Patrick Yim
September 23 | Event details

Playing Traditional Korean Sanjo on the Violin
with violinist Soh-Hyun P. Altino

September 30 | Event details

National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan – Music Residency
October 1-4

10/1 Instrument Demonstration, Ann Arbor District Library
10/2 Roundtable and Reception, Weiser Hall
10/3 Flutes & Reed Instruments Lecture, Watkins Recital Hall
10/4 Bowed & Plucked Instruments Lecture, Moore Organ Studio 2110
10/4 Gala Performance, Hill Auditorium

Poster for Oct 22 performance, picturing Asian instruments and event details

Harmonies: A Journey of Traditional Asian Artforms
Presented by the Qingyun Chinese Instrumental Ensemble at U-M
October 22 | Event details

Hong Kong Choreography and Dance with Jay Peng Zhang & Terry Tsang
October 24 | Event details

Lecture: Explosive Sound/Wartime Japan
Keisuke Yamada, ethnomusicologist
November 2 | Event details

Photos of dancers in costume - "Five artists: from Hong Kong to Ann Arbor"

soul / over / encounter
Featuring dance artists from Hong Kong, Jay Peng Zhang and Terry Tsang King Fai, and Professor of Dance, Amy Chavasse
November 4 | Event details

Seulgi Lee studio portrait with tall stringed instrument

The Creative and Transformative Spirit of Korean Music
November 9-10

11/9 Conference | Perspectives on Contemporary Korea
Presented by the Nam Center for Korean Studies

11/10 Performance | Event details
“A Kaleidoscope of Sound: Korean Traditions and Collaborations”

Nine people stand in a row, with traditional Mongolian attire and instruments

China Ongoing Perspectives Film Screening
AnDa Union: From the Steppes to the City (2011)

November 16 | Event details

Yasuko Yokoshi performs with a fan and a projected image

Dance Transcending the Demonic Woman: A Performance and Conversation with Yasuko Yokoshi
November 30 | Event details

Event Poster

University Symphony Orchestra
Concert opens with Hansol Choi’s Samdo for Orchestra, conducted by Yeo Ryeong Ahn
December 5 | Event details

A row of Taiko drummers perform on a stage

Sazanami 漣 Taiko Arts Ensemble
at University of Michigan-Flint
December 6 | Event details


Hosted by the Center for South Asian Studies, Center for World Performance Studies, and University Musical Society

Shakti: 50th Anniversary Tour
John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, & Shankar Mahadevan with very special guest Béla Fleck
This event is ticketed through UMS.
September 14 | Event details

Traditional South Asian costume for a Kathakali Dance Drama

Kathakali Dance Drama with Viswanath Kaladharan and Manoj Kumar
November 2 | Event details: Lecture/Demonstration / Performance

Download the poster


Hosted by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the School of Music, Theatre, & Dance, and the Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments

U-M Gamelan Ensemble Concert
December 6 | Event details

Buddhist Chant from Southeast Asia: Exploring Sound and Sense
December 7 | Event details


12-ton bourdon bell inside Burton Tower

Carillon Performance
“Asian and AAPI Resonances”: Mitty Ma and Tiffany Ng

October 18 | Event details