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  Giovanni Pippistrelli in China

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March 2012 Wuhan, China

The Chinese language Premiere of a new work by Paul & Cassandra Einstein,

"The Amazing Story of Giovanni Pippistrelli, a.k.a. Yuehan Bianfu, Bat Extraordinaire!"

took place in Wuhan, China, on March 2, 2012!

Poster, handbill and Chinese news video below:

Above left the poster for Giovanni Pippistrelli a.k.a. Yuehan Bianfu in Chinese. Above right the handbill for the audience members. Sponsors are listed on the poster. The poster was printed in several sizes up to 6 feet in height for the outside of the theatre.

Click on the video screen below to see a Chinese news report about the show "Giovanni Pippistrelli"in Wuhan, China. The news video begins with a VW or Audi car commercial.   Then,   Paul Einstein warms up BEFORE the performance of "Giovanni Pippistrelli" , and there's footage from the Albert Einstein science museum exhibit. "Giovanni Pippistrelli" and the Albert Einstein exhibit were sponsored by the Swiss Federal Government and hosted by the Swiss Embassy of Beijing, China:

In The News:

Above left, you have the front page of the March 1, 2012 edition of the WUHAN EVENING NEWS - the largest circulation newspaper in Wuhan, and one of the largest worldwide. Cassandra and Paul Einstein are at the top on the front page. Our color photo is circled in red. This positioning in the newspaper indicates that we are the lead story. On the right, you see the full-page feature article on page 7.

The Swiss Embassy was very happy about the fact that our participation helped generate coverage in the excess of 400 news articles in newspapers in China and Asia.

On the full page article, below left, you see the circled drawing that Cassandra made for the newspaper at the interview - larger image below right.

(Click on the images for larger versions.)

VIDEO BELOW of an interview given by Paul Einstein as part of the press conference that preceded the Einstein exhibit and the presentation of Giovanni Pippistrelli a.k.a. Yuehan Bianfu, Art Detective. There's some advertising at the start of the video. The video takes a bit of time to load. Please wait for the ads to end and the interview will proceed properly. If the video does not load click on this link to see it in a separate window. Or just click anywhere on the box area below:

About Giovanni Pippistrelli in China

Paul & Cassandra Einstein in Wuhan

In November of 2011, Cassandra and I were invited to make a special Chinese language presentation of "The Story of Giovanni Pippistrelli, a.k.a. YUEHAN BIANFU" in Wuhan, China. This was for the opening of the Albert Einstein science history exhibition on March 2, 2012 - as a special event for children. We were invited by the Swiss Embassy of China, under the auspices of "Presence Switzerland," a part of the State Department of the Swiss Federal Government. We had the script translated into Chinese. A Chinese actress, Ms. Djan Junjie, was engaged to narrate the performance. A quartet made up of members of the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra was engaged to provide music for the show. Two performances were scheduled, attended by 700 school children ages 7 to 10. Below, you will find more photos from the performances and events in Wuhan, China, which took place on March 2nd and 3rd 2012. There are informal photos from rehearsals, press conference photos, pictures from the Giovanni Pippistrelli performance, and pictures from the opening of the Einstein exhibition.

Special thanks must be given to Markus Reubi, Science & Technology Counsellor, Embassy of Switzerland in China, to Thomas Schneider, Head of the Culture, Media and Education Section at the Consulate General of Switzerland, Shanghai, to Jakob Messerli, curator of the Historisches Museum Bern, and to Madame & Monsieur Blaise Godet, Ambassador of Switzerland to China, Mongolia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, our gracious and splendid hosts. We would also like to recommend the 4-star, Shangri-la Hotel and its superb staff in Wuhan and to thank the cultural department of the City of Wuhan for its hospitality. We extend our gratitude to additional sponsors from companies such as Holcim, which provided extra support for the event. Warmest thanks are given to the members of the Wuhan String Quartet for their excellent musical performance. Now, some more photos from the Giovanni Pippistrelli performance:

Festivities at the opening day of the Swiss Historical Museum of Bern's Einstein exhibition which featured performances of Giovanni Pippistrelli on March 2nd & 3rd 2012 in Wuhan, China.                                             

Paul Einstein, extreme left, joins in the ribbon cutting ceremony prior to the Giovanni Pippistrelli show and the Einstein historical exhibition. The Swiss Ambassador, Blaise Godet, center is beside the mayor of Wuhan,Tang Liangzhi, and Jakob Messerli, head of the Swiss Historical Museum is between Paul and the mayor.

The post exhibition and theatre show diplomatic dinner table, where leading members of the Swiss delegation and dignitaries of Wuhan ate and taosted each other. An interesting custom is that guests and hosts rise from their seats and walk around the table toasting and talking to other members of the banquet. We tasted Chinese wine and liqueurs.

Duan Jinjie narrates Giovanni Pippistrelli in Chinese next to Paul Einstein, who introduces, directs and performs during the lavish production.

Paul Einstein performs during the production, portraying the violin playing of protagonist, Giovanni Pippistrelli.

"Ecce Pippistrello" on screen as Paul Einstein plays and Duan Jinjie narrates a scene from the story.

Giovanni Pippistrelli hears music!

A String Quartet!

Giovanni & Claudia fly over Florence

Giovanni's heart is filled with music.

From the story: "Giovanni dreamed of becoming a virtuoso, like Paganini. But, most importantly he loved to play the violin."

Artist-illustrator, Cassandra Einstein, joins Paul and an audience member for this photo, after the show.

"Say 'Swiss cheese!' If after that you're still not smiling....we'll have to ask you,"'What's the Matterhorn?'" - quote from an anonymous 15th century Swiss comedian and Benedictine monk.

Paul Einstein signs autographs after the performance.

Here is a photo that gives an idea of the intensity and enthusiasm of these very bright and beautiful school children.

Every single child wanted an autograph. And so we were kept quite a long time after the show.

Another photo of Paul signing programs for "Giovanni Pippistrelli a.k.a. 'YUEHAN BIANFU', Art Detective."

Paul Einstein in photograph with audience members after the show.

Morning press conference at the Shangri-la Hotel, Wuhan on the day of the Einstein exhibition, which was opened with the Giovanni Pippistrelli musical show for children.

Another photo from the press conference with Paul Einstein seated at extreme left.

Signing autographs at the press conference for Edward, Max and Stony.

About Giovanni Pippistrelli

Giovanni Pippistrelli is a musical event: It is a concert with a story, for children and adults. The concept and the text were written by Paul iEinstein. Delightful illustrations by artist, Cassandra iEinstein, are projected in vivid color on the big screen, as I tell the story in English, French, German or Italian.

Great music highlights dramatic moments in the story. The listener is treated to some of the world's finest moments in jazz and classical music.

There are selections by jazz and classical composers including Beethoven, Bach, Heitor Villa Lobos, Luiz Bonfa, Paul Desmond, Django Rheinhardt, Stephane Grapelli, Khatchaturian, Richard Strauss, Helmut Zacharias, Charles Trenet, and Camille Saint-Saens.


How Giovanni Pippistrelli Is Staged

There are three main ways that Giovanni Pippistrelli may be staged:

  1. With one narrator and fully pre-recorded music.
  2. With a narrator and live musicians.
  3. It is ultimately suited for a full concert performance, as follows: The staging may include a string quartet to the viewer's left (stage right), a screen upstage above the narrator at center stage and a manouche (gypsy) jazz quartet on to the audience's right (stage left).
  4. Cost:
    Option #1 above requires a modest budget.
    Option #2 above requires a varying budget, and is larger than #1.
    Option #3 above requires a budget for 8 musicians and rehearsals.

    Option #3 is ideally suited to a symphony orchestra's chamber music series, or summer pop series.

Who is  Giovanni Pippistrelli Bat Extraordinaire?

Giovanni Pippistrelli is a bat who loves art and music. He was born in Italy, 8½ kilometers from Florence.

"The History of Giovanni Pippistrelli, Bat Extraordinaire," tells of his early life, passionate love for Claudia, and his first brush with danger. It features Paul iEinstein as narrator of the startling string of events in Italy and Brazil which made him the world's first chiropteran art sleuth, Art Detective Pippistrelli.

Artist, Cassandra iEinstein has illustrated Pippistrelli's daring exploits.

Giovanni Pippistrelli is from Italy:

He began his life in Florence, where he lives today:

He is in love with Claudia:

He plays the violin. He's a detective, like Sherlock Holmes:

He travels from Italy to Brazil to solve an international art theft:

Email Giovanni Pippistrelli, Art Detective, at to arrange a performance.

Step into Giovanni Pippistrelli's office. Pack your bags, and follow him on his adventures...


Here now is some information, not about God, The Creator, but about artists, Cassandra iEinstein, the creator of the gorgeous illustrations, and the classical violinist Paul Michael iEinstein, author of Giovanni Pippistrelli's authorized biography.


In Original Illustrations by Artist, Cassandra Einstein

"The Amazing Story of Giovanni Pippistrelli, Bat Extraordinaire!"

A Live Event with a Screening of Original Illustrations by Artist, Cassandra Einstein
"Cassandra Einstein uses the poetic device of the synecdoche - letting a part represent the whole..." - Sheila Farr, The Seattle Weekly

ArtistiCassandraiEinsteini ( has had a distinguished career as a painter and film maker, specializing in handpainted animated films. Here feature film, "Tales," opened the Whitney Museum of American Art 1972 New Filmmakers Series, and was favorably reviewed by the New York Times, the Village Voice, The New York Post, and the Los Angeles Times. It was distributed by the New Line Cinema at the time. iCassandra is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and of a California Arts Council Award Grant. she has won awards in Brazil and the former Yugoslavia for her works. The above quote by current Seattle Times art critic Sheila Farr was written in the Seattle Weekly, reviewingiCassandraiEinstein's painting retrospective at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle:
"The knock-outs in her show are the pastel portraits and shoe drawings, Einsteine uses the poetic device of synecdoche - letting a part represent the whole - so that the shoes stand emblematic of their wearers. In the etching Walla Walla Shoe Size 8 - a big, black, sexy thing, looming ominously in its frame - Einsteini says she recalls the impression made on her by a gypsy girl seen at a park in Oslo, Norway." - Sheila Farr
ViolinistiPauliEinsteini (biographical photo album) is a multifaceted creative personality. To quote Carly Simon's hit song, "He's so vain that this site is all about him." Seriously, you need only peruse the links at the top and bottom of this page (follow Herr Mozart) to read about his (my) life in the arts and music.

Paul has adapted his popular "History of Giovanni Pippistrelli, Bat Extraordinaire" for live performance. Paul iEinstein will on arrangement also perform some selections for violin to further elucidate the story. Other musical material in the soundtrack include the music of Beethoven, Nicolo Paganini, Heiter Villa Lobos, Luiz Bonfa, Khatchaturian, Charles Trenet and Camille Saint Saens among others... Here now is a sample of Paul Einstein's playing with a short film.

Nota Bene: This film features Paul Michael iEinstein playing a selection by Debussy for Violin and Piano. The photos in this film are from past concert tours, not from the Giovanni Pippistrelli Events:

the worldwide leader in digital projection equipment is acting as a sponsor of performances in 2010, 2011 & 2012. Paul & Cassandra iEinstein wish to thank Epson for their support, which helped us prepare for the recent performance in Wuhan, China, as well as for our Prague premiere sponsored by the University of Prague for the International IBRC Scientific Congress, in the capital city of the Czech Republic, and for the 2011 performance at Teatro Puccini in Florence, Italy, sponsored by Coop Italia and La Museo di Storia Naturale, La Specola. ii
Coming soon!
Giovanni Pippistrelli performances in England and Germany.
Click on "10" below for info on the Italian premiere of Giovanni Pippistrelli in Florence, Italy.   For info on the world premiere in Prague in 2010, click on page "8."   And for info on our French children's show in Mirepoix, France, click on "9"    Click on Herr Mozart to follow him back to page 1.
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