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Event Slides Per Node

  • Qiqigoma sings wearing traditional Mongolian clothing.
  • Eight musicians perform Altargana with singer Qiqigoma on stage.
  • Anda Union musician Narisu shouts while playing the Horse Head fiddle.
  • Anda Union musician Wuni sings while playing the Horse Head fiddle.

Anda Union
The Wind Horse

7:30 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Anda Union, a ten-member band from Inner Mongolia, mesmerized an Eisenhower Auditorium audience at its October 2011 Penn State debut. The ethnically diverse group returns in a concert titled The Wind Horse, which features film clips depicting various aspects of life in Inner Mongolia. The uptempo band’s instruments include the morin khuur (horse head fiddle), the maodun chaoer (three-holed flute), Mongolian versions of the lute and mouth harp, and percussion. “Their opening number alone could have supplanted an entire old-fashioned BBC sound effects department, as they evoked wind-swept steppes, bird calls, ringing bells and, of course, the approaching thunder of hooves,” writes a critic for Edinburgh’s The Scotsman. “Exotic stuff, you might think, but what is perhaps surprising is that much of this music is tunefully accessible.” Band members are also fluent vocalists and throat singers. “Anda Union confirmed by this performance that they are not just a niche interest, but essential viewing for anyone who is a fan of live music of any genre,” writes a reviewer for BroadwayBaby.com “Their prodigious talent and infectious enthusiasm point to future stardom.”

support for Anda Union's engagement provided by the
Penn State Confucius Institute

Adult $38
University Park Student $15
18 and Younger $28

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Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Eisenhower Auditorium Conference Room

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Anda Union documentary filmmaker Tim Pearce, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.