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Xiaojun HuoFirst-ranking Chinese musician Xiaojun Huo will perform “A Harmony of Strings” on April 24 at UT.

The performance begins at 1:30 p.m. in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center auditorium, 1502 West Cumberland Avenue, and is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Volunteer Hall garage, located at 1545 White Avenue.

Huo is the first-ranking erhu player in China. The erhu is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument that originated in China and is known in the western world as the “Chinese violin.”

Miroslav Hristov, assistant professor of violin, will perform alongside Huo, and the pair will be accompanied by pianists David Northington, professor of piano, and his student Grace Lee.

Huo’s distinctive musical talent was recognized when she was eight years old. After graduating from the China Conservatory of Music, the highest educational institution of music in the country, she became a member of the China Opera and is now its erhu principal. She has performed in several places around the world, including Greece, Turkey, Spain, and Australia.

The event is hosted by UT’s Confucius Institute and cosponsored by the School of Music. The Confucius Institute encourages the learning of Chinese language and culture in the region by offering Chinese language and cultural classes, holding events and activities, and providing services to the UT and local community. For more information, visit the Confucius Institute website.

C O N T A C T :

Wenting Pi (865-974-5753,

Christine Copelan (865-974-2225,