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The conductor, composer, and pianist, Mario Paci, lived the last 25 years of his life in Shanghai after being a touring pianist in Europe and Asia. He composed 8 songs in a late Romantic style, which are in manuscript at Stanford Libraries Special Collections. The songs will be performed for the first time in over 100 years by soprano Christine Abraham and pianist Laura Dahl at Toyon Hall for the opening of an exhibit on Paci on January 23 at 4 pm.

Also, the recital and the exhibit are the opening events of this year’s Pan-Asian Festival. The exhibit opening will commence immediately following the recital at 5 pm followed by a reception.

Earlier in the day, two lectures will place the legacy of Mario Paci in the context of symphonic music in China. At noon in the East Asia Library, Dr. Yandi Yang, Vice President of the Shanghai Conservatory, will speak on “Symphonic Music in 20th-Century China: A Centennial Review,” introduced by a lecture, “Classical Music in China,” by Jindong Cai, Professor of Music Performance at the Stanford Center for East Asian Studies. A catered lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to xwenwang@stanford.edu if you plan to attend the lectures. No advance notice is need to attend the recital or exhibit opening. The exhibit runs from January 23 through April 22.

Library staff from the Music and East Asia Libraries, DLSS, Metadata, Preservation, Special Collections, and Communications and Development all contributed to this event.

I hope that many of you will be able to attend. For more information:

by Jerry L McBride

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