Saturday 23 March 06:00pm

Pan Asia Sounding Festival

Joyous Strings

5pm doors • 6pm show


The Pan Asia Sounding festival offers a fresh perspective on a vibrant continent with groundbreaking performances that focus on the ever-evolving present and future of Asian music and art. Too often, Western presentations of Asian artists focus exclusively on ancient cultural traditions. Curated by Pulitzer Prize–winning composer Du Yun, the Pan Asia Sounding festival explodes this biased lens by presenting new works on the cutting edge of contemporary performance.

Comprising Chinese and Korean children, the Joyous Strings ensemble provides the festival with a glimpse of the future. The ensemble was founded in 2010, when its members were just five years old. Playing repertoire ranging from Vivaldi and Bach to Michael Jackson and Katy Perry, the ensemble is now an international sensation, having performed for President Obama at the White House as well as on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots, and many more. This beloved group shows the potential for future generations to transcend political differences and come together in harmony.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.