Aug. 12: Visiting professor Yanyan Guo to give concert

By Stephanie New-Johnson
Posted July 27, 2016

Aug. 12: Visiting professor Yanyan Guo to give concert

At the conclusion of her one-year visit to Metropolitan State University, Professor Yanyan Guo, visiting scholar from China, School of Urban Education, is giving a solo vocal performance to lead the audience on a journey of exploration through the diverse cultures, traditions and geographies of China.

This one-time concert is 7–8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12 in the Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.


Yanyan Gou

Guo’s performance is a celebration of multicultural education at Metropolitan State and incorporates slides, narration and introductions to the people and ethnicities from where her songs originate. The concert will conclude with western operas, a new repertoire Gou has explored during her scholarly journey in the Twin Cities.

Guo is a renowned vocal performer and music teacher in her native China. She’s been a professor at Jiangxi Normal University since 2004. She’s won numerous national competitions and awards, including first prize in the Young Singer Contest in Jiangxi Province in 2014. Her expertise includes Chinese vocal music, folk music, operas, artistic and contemporary songs. Gou came to Metropolitan State last year, supported by a grant from the Chinese Scholar Council.

Performance program to include:

  1. 楚调唐音诗吟:雨霖铃
    Poem chanting: Bells Ringing in the Rain
    (Song Dynasty) Yong Liu
  2. 楚调唐音诗吟:滕王阁序
    Poem chanting: Pavilion of Prince Teng order
    (Tang Dynasty) Bo Wang
  3. 京剧:卜算子。咏梅
    诗:毛泽东 曲:孙玄龄
    Beijing Opera: Ode to the Plum Blossom—to the Tune of Bu Suan Zi
    Poem by Zedong Mao; music by XuanLing Sun
  4. 电影《小花》插曲 :绒花
    词: 刘国富、田农   曲:王酩
    Edelweiss from “Little Flowers”
    Lyrics by Guofu Liu and Nong Tian; music by Min Wang
  5. 新疆民歌: 一杯美酒
    Folk song of Xinjiang: A Cup of Wine
  6. 内蒙谷歌曲: 草原之夜
    词:张加毅     曲 :田歌
    One Night in Pasture
    Lyrics by Jiayi Zhang; music by Ge Tian
  7. 时代歌曲:
    词:黎锦光 曲:黎锦光
    Lyrics and music by Jingguang Li
  8. Loving you
    Lyrics and music by Minnie Riperton
  9. “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lioyd Webber
  10. “Caro Nome ” from “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi
  11. “Quel Guardo Il Cavaliere” from “Don Pasquale” by Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti
  12. “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” from “La Rondine” by Giacomo Puccini
  13. 风流江西
    词:朱虹 曲:田信国
    Welcome to Jiangxi
    Lyrics by Hong Zhu; music by Xinguo Tian