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University at Buffalo Confucius Institute Cosponsors Series of Events to Celebrate Spring Festival 2019

Tai chi fan opens BPO performance of “Butterfly Lovers Concerto”

The University at Buffalo Confucius Institute organized and cosponsored several weeks of events in February 2019 to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, also known in China as the Spring Festival.

February 2–3: Chinese New Year activity in Buffalo kicked off with two performances at Kleinhan’s Music Hall of “The Butterfly Lovers Concerto”, performed by the world-renowned Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra with guest artist Yang Wei on pipa. The UB Confucius Institute decorated Kleinhan’s to create a festive Chinese atmosphere for concert-goers and demonstrated Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting and tea arts. Prior to the concerts, Confucius Institute teachers performed on the yangqin and guzheng in the lobby, and the Chinese Club of Western New York provided an impressive pre-concert performance of Chinese music and dance in the Mary Seaton Room.

City Honors students sing at Spring Festival Gala

February 9: On this Saturday afternoon, the University at Buffalo Confucius Institute and the Chinese Club of Western New York presented their annual Chinese Lunar New Year Gala on the Mainstage Theatre in the UB Center for the Arts. The program opened with a ceremony recognizing Confucius Institute student award winners, followed by acrobatic lion and dragon dances by Gold Summit Martial Arts Institute. The program continued with performances of traditional and contemporary Chinese music, dance, and tai chi by student and community groups affiliated with the Chinese Club and the Confucius Institute. The large crowd of about 1,300 people included students, parents and administrators from local schools, senior administrators from UB , members of the Chinese community, and other friends of the Confucius Institute.

February 11—15: In the week following Chinese New Year, the UB Confucius Institute organized a performance tour to local schools that host Confucius Institute teachers or house Confucius Classrooms. Performances included lion and

Gold Summit performs lion dance at Nardin Academy High School

dragon dances along with Chinese music and dance. The program included a saxophone performance of Jasmine Flower and Butterfly Lovers Concerto, as well as other famous Chinese songs performed on erhu and ocarina. At some schools, local teachers and students joined with the Confucius Institute performers to present their own renditions of Chinese songs and dances. In all, an audience of about 3,600 students, teachers and parents enjoyed performances at nine different schools.

February 16: The UB Confucius Institute was invited to participate in the Chinese New Year Celebration at the Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. Customers were greeted by teachers from the Confucius Institute, who demonstrated various art forms such as Chinese calligraphy, Peking Opera facial makeup, Spring Festival couplets, paper-cutting, diabolo, shuttlecock, and Chinese knotting.  Confucius Institute teachers and students also performed Chinese vocal and instrumental music on the guzheng, yangqin and ukulele, Chinese dance and tai chi (including tai chi fan). This event marks the third year in a row that the Confucius Institute has been invited to present Chinese cultural activities at the

Confucius Institute teachers demonstrate Yang ge handkerchief dance at Fashion Outlets

Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls. It is evident that the influence of these activities is increasing every year; this Spring Festival, the mall decided to display Chinese New Year billboards in some of its more prominent locations. More than 500 customers stopped by to watch, enjoy, and partake in the festivities.

For the Confucius Institute, Chinese New Year presents a wonderful opportunity to highlight and celebrate Chinese culture at the University at Buffalo and throughout the Western New York community.

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