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BRAM GOLDSMITH THEATER

WORLD PREMIERE
THE WALLIS PRESENTS

IN COLLABORATION WITH
THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE MASTER PLAYERS CONCERT SERIES

SHANGHAI SONATAS: A NEW MUSICAL IN CONCERT

Mar 16 - 18

Ming-Kai Tao, a Chinese violinist in his 90s, visits the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum to see the violin he donated. When he picks up the instrument that accompanied him throughout his life and plays, we are magically transported back to Shanghai of the 1930s and ‘40s, where Ming-Kai confronts his rebellious teenage self in this city where East and West clash in surprising ways. We meet the local Chinese during war time and many Jewish refugee musicians fleeing the Nazis who would train many of the first generation of Chinese classical musicians in the Shanghai Jewish Ghetto. The unifying power of music brings these two cultures together as they help each other survive the war, setting ripples in motion that carry through to this day, 90 years later.

Recommended for ages 8+.

Running Time: Approximately 2 hours, including a 15-minute intermission. 

 
CONCEPT, MUSIC & PRODUCED BY Xiang "Sean" Gao
BOOK BY Alan Goodson
LYRICS BY Joyce Hill Stoner
DIRECTED BY Chongren Fan
 

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