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A Backstage Pass Online Event

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Music's Unifying Power: Creating Shanghai Sonatas

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Saturday, November 14, 2020, 3-4:15 p.m. EST, FREE of charge!

Join us for an interactive webinar with the creative force behind Shanghai Sonatas. This new UD musical was the last event Master Players presented before COVID-19. The creators will speak about the musical’s creative development and historical context, the intense workshop and rehearsal process leading up to the successful February premiere, and a planned showcase at Master Players after COVID-19.

Learn about the final version of Shanghai Sonatas being created as we speak and the creators' ambitious plan to launch the musical worldwide in 2022.

Click here to register now!

This event is co-presented by the University of Delaware Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and sponsored by the University of Delaware Partnership for Arts & Culture.

Click here to watch our 3-minute trailer!

About Shanghai Sonatas

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Entering its fourth year of creative process, Shanghai Sonatas is a new musical created by Delaware artists that shares the memoirs of Jewish classical musicians who escaped Nazi Germany and found refuge in Japanese-occupied Shanghai in the 1930s, and the Chinese who welcomed them there. These refugees used music, the universal language, to help them survive the war in a strange new place; they also connected with their new neighbors through music and educated the first generation of Chinese classical musicians. Today, there are 60 million classical musicians worldwide who are either from China or Taiwan, or of Chinese descent, making classical music a new Chinese tradition and cultural identity. The production has gathered enormous interest as the stories artistically told here connect the dots between the thriving Chinese classical music field and the contribution from the Jewish refugees. 

In Shanghai Sonatas, live classical music and musical theatre come together to show music's amazing capacity to transcend differences and unite people across all races and circumstances. The musical depicts a historical moment of equity, inclusion, tolerance, and cultural exchange, and its cast of multiracial characters highlights the shared humanity we have despite cultural differences. Viewers with different cultural backgrounds find unity through powerful stories and songs as well as live instrumental music in classical, jazz, traditional Chinese, and Jewish Klezmer music genres.

Please note that registration is required to attend the free event. You will receive a password in your confirmation email that will enable you to join this private event.

About Backstage Pass Online

​During this “virtual tea time,” presented at 3 P.M. on Saturday afternoons, Master Players artists share their unique musical experiences and answer questions. This program is intended to benefit music fans of all ages, and is well suited for students ages 12 and up, including UD students, participants in our Little Masters Project, and local middle and high school students, as well as members of the community with a love for learning and live music.

To learn more and watch past BPO events, click here!

Master Players Concert Series is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on

The Master Players performances and educational programs presented each season are made possible by the generous support of dedicated friends who value the arts in our community.

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A Backstage Pass Online Event
  • Master Players Concert Series
  • 100 Orchard Road
  • Department of Music
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-3149
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