Upcoming Concerts

Date(s) & Time(s): Sun, May 5, 2:00 PM
: 90 mins with intermission
: 544 Capp St. San Francisco, CA, 94110
: Community Music Center

Deep Roots: An Afternoon of Chinese New and Traditional Music featuring Phil Young’s The Enchantment of Dance with Cellist Rachel Xu

Melody of China presents a colorful and exciting program spans various regions of China, including Sichuan, Yunnan, and Suzhou as well as Tibet and Mongolia, performed by virtuoso musicians on traditional instruments: erhu (2-string bowed fiddle); yangqin (hammered dulcimer); guzheng (table harp); pipa (lute); sheng (mouth organ); dizi (bamboo flute) and paigu (drums and percussion). The program features guest artist Rachel Xu on cello and a new work,  The Enchantment of Dance by composer Phil Young.

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Past Performance Highlights

SF Music Day 2023

Celebrate Bay Area music in all its diversity at SF Music Day, the Bay Area’s free, annual music festival in downtown San Francisco, presented by InterMusic SF. From chamber music to jazz, contemporary works to global sounds—SF Music Day showcases extraordinary musicians from across the Bay with music that spans continents and centuries. Come for the artists you know and love, and stay to discover new talents, enjoy fresh takes on familiar repertoire, and bask in the wealth of creativity from the world-class composers and ensembles of our region.

Lick Observatory: Music of the Spheres

Returning to the Music of the Spheres are director Yangqin Zhao, playing the yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer) – the instrument she was named for – and her sister, Gangqin Zhao, playing the guzheng (plucked zither) and percussion. Joining the ensemble is noted musician Thomas Lee, master of the 2-string bowed instruments, the Chinese erhu and gaohu.

Melody of China Celebrated 30 Years!

Songs of the Dragon 龍之音

Travel across the Pacific Ocean in this intriguing survey of Chinese traditional music with Melody of China (漢聲樂團), described in  The San Francisco Chronicle as “innovating and dazzling.” Founded in 1993 and dedicated to promoting Chinese music in the Bay Area and beyond through scintillating concerts and educational outreach, Melody of China will delight SFEMS audiences using traditional Chinese instruments – hammered dulcimers, zithers, fiddles, lutes, mouth organs, and bamboo flutes – and historically informed techniques to showcase the remarkable diversity of Chinese musical traditions. Celebrate the new year again, but this time in lunar fashion!

Educational Performances and Assemblies

In partnership with the The Music Center, Melody of China offers live performances to the schools of Los Angeles. Audiences are introduced to Traditional Chinese instruments including the yangqin, pipa, erhu and sheng, and includes folk songs, classical, festival music, opera, popular music and instrumental pieces. The event offers fascinating selections that feature a blending of ancient cultural traditions of China and the youthful, multicolored American culture.

Bay Area’s premier Chinese chamber ensemble since 1993

Having been trained at top conservatories in China and the US, our artists come together to deliver captivating performances and enriching experiences through an exciting blend of traditional Chinese music, western music, and cross-genre works. Led by Artistic Director, Yangqin Zhao on the hammered dulcimer, Melody of China’s performances have reached international stages, world music festivals, residencies, and collaboration projects with renowned artists and composers from around the world.

World-Class Artists

Our artists are in-demand educators, performing artists and arts leaders with the sole vision of bringing Chinese traditional music and culture to the local communities and to the world. Having been trained at top music conservatories in China and the US, our artists can be heard performing on international stages and seen in classrooms working in schools and universities.

Our Grants and Sponsors

The Melody of China gratefully acknowledges the generous support of all our grant organizations and sponsors that has allowed us to continue our artistic mission in our education program and performance activities.

Support Us Today

You can support Melody of China’s education and performance programs by making a tax-deductible* donation. Your donation directly supports our latest concert program of traditional Chinese music, or newly commissioned works and collaborations with world-class artists. Your donation makes a huge difference and impact in keeping Chinese traditional music alive in the Bay Area communities and the world.

*Melody of China is a non-profit organization.
Tax-ID: 94-3307683

Yangqin Zhao
Executive and Artistic Director
(415) 215-7581

Mailing Address:
Yangqin Zhao
450A 2nd Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118

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