UA Confucius Institute Hosts 2nd Chinese Cultural Festival

By Burch, Cathalena E | AZ Daily Star, September 5, 2013 | Go to article overview

UA Confucius Institute Hosts 2nd Chinese Cultural Festival


Burch, Cathalena E, AZ Daily Star


The second annual Chinese Cultural Festival is focusing on Chinese music and literature.

The event, which runs Sept. 18 through 28, will include a pair of concerts, a movie and a look at Chinese poetry and literature.

There are also sessions on Chinese language and Chinese medicine, which were key elements of last fall's inaugural festival.

The Chinese Cultural Festival is hosted by the 5-year-old University of Arizona Confucius Institute, headed by Zhao Chen and John Olsen. The event promotes Chinese culture and understanding between the United States and China.

"When we learn other cultures as a human being we find there are a lot more things in common than different," Chen said. "In order to understand the similarities, you have to understand the cultures."

Admission is free unless noted, and events will be at the UA.

The schedule

1 p.m. Sept. 18 -- Music professors from China's Shannxi Normal University will demonstrate Chinese musical instruments. Holsclaw Hall, North Park Avenue and East Speedway at the School of Music, which is co-sponsoring the event.

7 p.m. Sept. 18 -- Meet Wang Liping, a noted composer of film and theatrical music in China. Wang Liping has been composing music since 1973 and is the director and composer of the China Film Philharmonic Orchestra. Kiva Room in the UA Student Union Memorial Center on campus. Reserve a spot by emailing Confucius@email.arizona.edu.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 and 21 -- "Moon Festival Concert: Music from China" features the Tucson Sino Choir collaborating with Wang Liping on his piece from the popular Chinese TV series "The Dream of the Red Chamber." The original soloist for the show, Chen Li will perform with the UA's Arizona Symphony Orchestra and a handful of local musicians. Zhao Chen said this will mark one of Chen Li's first performances of the piece since she recorded the original soundtrack. …

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