BC Student Muhan Zhang to Appear on NPR Program


Muhan Zhang performs on the erhu

On Sunday, October 24th from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., NPR’s From the Top is featuring BC’s Muhan Zhang ’14 on its radio broadcast taping at New England Conservatory‘s Jordan Hall. From the Top serves as “the preeminent showcase for America’s best young musicians.” Zhang will perform “Sai Ma (Horse Race)” by Huang Haihuai on the erhu. From the Top typically doesn’t feature college students on its show, but BC alumna Erin Haran MacCurtain ’01, the Communications Director for From the Top, explained that the program made an exception because he is still 17 and only recently became a BC community member.

Muhan Zhang graduated from Boston Latin School in June and will play the erhu on From the Top. Last summer, he was part of the Fidelity Future Stage Concert with the Boston Pops that featured musicians exclusively from Boston Public Schools.

Watch Zhang perform and speak to his audience about his passion for the erhu.

Muhan Zhang discovered the erhu almost by accident six years ago, when he watched a friend taking a lesson from the only erhu instructor in New England. This ancient and uncommon instrument, similar in many ways to a violin, immediately sparked Muhan’s interest and set him off on a journey of musical and personal discovery. Inspired by other Boston-based experts in Chinese music and bolstered by his family and his instructor Chi-Sun Chan of the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association, Muhan looks forward to continuing his career playing the erhu, and sharing the music of this unique instrument with new audiences.

Tickets to the live recording of From the Top are currently sold out online, but tickets are still available by calling the Jordan Hall Box Office at (617) 585-1260. Ticket prices range from $20 to $30. For group tickets, please contact ticketing@fromthetop.org or call (617) 437-0707 x103. From the Top is broadcast on Boston’s NPR station 99.5 FM at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 5 p.m. on Sundays.


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