Representing the San Francisco Guzheng Music Society, Betty Look will be performing in celebration of Lunar New Year. Please join us in North Branch's Community Meeting to enjoy this performance of guzheng music. Appropriate for all ages.
Betty Look is a long time resident of Berkeley. She worked as an engineer before retiring 8 years ago. Betty has been a member of the San Francisco Guzheng Music Society for many years and has represented the society preforming in many community events. She has studied under Master Weishan Liu for the past 40 years.
Established in 1983, the San Francisco Guzheng Music Society embodies Executive and Artistic Director Weishan Liu's dream of teaching Chinese culture and music through community performances and educational programs. Each year, members of the San Francisco Guzheng Music Society perform at more than a dozen events in schools, public libraries, community centers, and street festivals, so that the public can enjoy the unique sounds of traditional Chinese music.
Guzheng 古箏 is the Chinese zither with 16 to 25 strings and a moveable bridge. The 18 string and the older 16 string ones have metal strings and the 21 to 25 string ones have wire strings wrapped with nylon. Traditionally the older instrument had 13 strings made of silk, and that one was the ancestor of the Japanese Koto. The two most common tunings are the C pentatonic scale (C-D-E-G-A), and the G pentatonic scale (G-A-B-D-E).
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