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Confucius Institute Celebrates the Year of the Dog

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute (UBCI) organized an exciting series of activities to celebrate the 2018 Chinese New Year–the Year of the Dog. Leading up to Chinese New Year, from February 12-16, UBCI organized a one-week performance tour in 12 local schools featuring Chinese musicians and lion dance groups. More than 5,800 K-12 students and teachers enjoyed these wonderful performances.

Performers included:
Buffalo-area musician Eva Pan playing guqin

Buffalo-area musician and UB student Wu Libing on erhu

Alfred University Visiting Professor Daisy Wu on Guzheng

University at Buffalo Professor Leanne Darling playing the Chinese piece “Moon Reflecting on Erquan” on viola

Lion Dance performances by Gold Summit Martial Arts Institute and Red Dragon School of Martial Arts

A Taiji dance presentation by Song Shuping, Confucius Institute teacher at Lewiston Porter High School

Additional performances by students in Chinese classes from the Lewiston-Porter School District, East Aurora High School, and St. Benedict School.

Then on Saturday, February 17, the Confucius Institute and the Chinese Club of Western New York collaborated on the annual Spring Festival Gala in the Center for Arts’ Mainstage Theater on UB’s North Campus. The programs included martial arts, lion dance, folk dances, ballroom dance, vocal and instrumental music performances, and sketches.

About 120 local students from Chinese language classroom performed in the gala. The audience included more than 1,300 UB students and faculty members and local residents from throughout Western New York.  At the beginning of the performance, 13 winners of the “2017 UBCI Award for Excellence in Chinese Language Learning” made their debut and gave their greetings to celebrate the New Year.

View the program for the 2018 Chinese New Year Gala