The Carleton Singers and Carleton’s Chinese Music Ensemble Join Forces for an Enchanting Night of Shakespearean Songs and East Asian Music

Apr 18 2014 8:00 pm
Carleton College Concert Hall

The Carleton Singers, led by Lawrence Burnett, and Carleton’s Chinese Music Ensemble, directed by Gao Hong, will come together for an enchanting evening performance combining Shakespearean songs and traditional East Asian music. This unique concert will be held on Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m. in the Concert Hall.

The Carleton Singers will present song texts by William Shakespeare set by his contemporaries and modern composers. Members of the Chinese Music Ensemble will join the Singers for the second half of the concert to feature traditional music from Korea, Mongolia, China, and Japan.


The Carleton Choir and Carleton Singers are conducted by professor of music, Lawrence Burnett. An esteemed Carleton faculty member since 1993, Burnett previously taught at the State University of New York at Potsdam, and he has served as a conductor, clinician and adjudicator at many choral festivals and competitions throughout North America. Among other distinctions, Burnett was awarded the first-ever New York State Governors’ Award for African-Americans of Distinction in 1992 for “service, civic participation and selfless dedication to the Northern New York community.”


Chinese Music Ensemble director Gao Hong is the music department’s Performance Activities Coordinator as well as a lecturer in Chinese musical instruments at Carleton. She is a graduate of China’s premier music school, the Central Conservatory of Music, and has received numerous honors and awards for her work as a musician as well as several commissions as a composer. Hong, whose instrument of choice is the pipa, or pear-shaped lute, has performed throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, including with such groups as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Heidelberg Philharmonic and the (San Francisco) Women’s Philharmonic.

For more information about this event, including disability accommodations, contact the Carleton College Department of Music at (507) 222-4350. The Concert Hall is located on the Carleton College campus in Northfield, Minnesota, on First Street and between Nevada and Winona Streets.