Thursday, February 15, 2018
Free concert at Woolsey Hall
The Yale Concert Band will perform “Ask the Sky and the Earth” to commemorate 50thanniversary of “sent-down youth” movement of China’s Cultural Revolution, according to a release.
The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 8 at Woolsey Hall, 500 College St., New Haven
Admission is free, the release said.
The event also will feature “Three Places in New Haven,” (Thomas C. Duffy music director), Sam Um, marimba, the release said. For more information: www.yale.edu/yaleband.
The release also noted:
“Ask the Sky and the Earth: An Oratorio Cantata for the Sent-down Youth”
"In 1968 during China’s Cultural Revolution, while America’s youth was preparing to launch the “Summer of Love,” 15-year-old Chinese teenager Wei Su witnessed the arrests of his father and brother and repeated beatings of his grandmother and sisters and the vandalism of his home by the military police. Three months later, wanting to “escape” from misery, he joined 17 million of China’s middle- and high-school aged urban youth who streamed into the countryside to participate in the “up to the mountains and down to the villages” movement. In distant borderlands, on remote islands, in harsh wilderness, these young men and women passed the precious years of their youths, sacrificing formal educations to be schooled in hard agricultural labor. This was a unique course of life – full of idealism and hardship, drenched by tears and sweat, by turns tragic, romantic, dazed, and ecstatic."Editor's note: All information and the photo in this post were contributed. Click one of the buttons below to share it.
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