Thursday on the NewsHour: Wu Man

BY Tom LeGro  November 19, 2009 at 6:00 PM EST

Tonight on the NewsHour, Jeffrey Brown talks to Wu Man, who at age 45 is one of the world’s leading musical ambassadors. She’s a master of the pipa — a four-stringed lute with ancient roots in central Asia and China — who’s bridging east and west, and old and new. She’s as comfortable playing traditional folk music with Chinese villagers as she is performing contemporary music written by some of today’s leading Western classical composers.

Below you can watch Wu and Zhang Ximin perform a folk song and also extended interviews with Wu and Clive Gillenson, Carnegie Hall’s executive director, oversaw the Ancient Paths, Modern Voices festival.