Lunar New Year Celebration (Chinese and other Asian cultures) with New York City Council and Pace University Confucius Institute
WHAT: Public Lunar New Year Celebration hosted by New York City Council and Pace University Confucius Institute, with free Chinese music and refreshments. The event celebrates “lunar” New Year, the basis of festivals in China and other Asian countries. It will include brief remarks by City Council President Christine Quinn, Council Member Margaret Chin, and Pace President Stephen Friedman, a former corporate lawyer who has just returned from a trip to China, plus explanations of the new “Smart Chinese” language instruction offered by the Pace Confucius Institute.
WHERE: Student Union, Pace University downtown Manhattan campus, 1 Pace Plaza (just east of City Hall). Media admission by press pass.
WHEN: Sunday, February 13. Performance begins at 3 pm, buffet at 4:15. (The actual date of the Lunar New Year in 2011 is February 3, but the first fifteen days of the new year are all considered celebration days.)
WHO: City Council President Christine C. Quinn
City Council Member Margaret Chin, District 1 (chief Council sponsor)
City Council Members Daniel Dromm (District 25) and Peter Koo (District 20)
Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman
Pace Professor Weihua Niu, Director, Pace Confucius Institute
PROGRAM: Costumed percussionists, singers and dancers from the Chinese Theater Works company will perform selections from the dramatic Kun form of Chinese opera with masks and drumming, the “Dance of Zhong Quei” from the repertoire of the Peking Opera, the Chinese lion dance, folksongs including “Fisherman’s Song at Sunset” and “Fighting the Typhoon,” and an excerpt from the “Monkey King” legend that is beloved throughout China, “Monkey King Steals the Heavenly Peaches.”
PERFORMERS: Singing and playing erhu, guzheng, and percussion will be Gang Tian, Qi Zhang, Junling Wang, Zhensheng Wang, Fuyin Zhai, Wenpang Zhang, Penghui Yang, Zhigang Liu, Kuang-Yu Fong, and Peking Opera percussionists Gang Tian, Shirong Huang, Qi Zhang, and Zhensheng Wang.
MENU will include dumplings and other traditional New Year foods.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED by February 7 to firstname.lastname@example.org
Media contact: Bill Caldwell, Pace media relations, 212-346-1597, email@example.com