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Confucius Institute hosts "Monsoon"

By Gabrielle Maxey

A joyful rainfall of understanding, friendship and great love. That's what the audience will experience as China's Hangzhou Normal University presents "An Oriental Monsoon," an evening of music and dance Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the University Theatre at Christian Brothers University. The event is free and open to the public with seating limited to the first 500.

The concert is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis. The program will include classic Chinese dance, instrumental solos, opera pieces and more. All will be performed by Chinese artists. The CIUM is one of fewer than 10 locations that Hangzhou Normal University will visit this year in the United States.

"We are honored to host our guests from Hangzhou Normal University as we celebrate the Chinese New Year," says Dr. Hsiang-te Kung, director of the Confucius Institute and 75th direct descendant of Confucius. "We are so pleased to host this event at Christian Brothers University this year as we continue to focus on community outreach with our school partners to promote the Chinese language and culture."

Hangzhou Normal University is part of the cultural incubator for Li Shutong, a master of art who helped to bring western music to China by capturing the sprit of classic China in the rhythm of modern music. Hangzhou's natural beauty inspires the imagination of its poets and is embodied in legends of great love.

Works will highlight cultures from southwestern China to northern China. The program will include "Tibetan Lasses," "A Red Drop of Love," "Bathing in the Light of the Moon," "Mongolian Bowl Dance," "The Rhythm of Martial Arts," "Thousands of Galloping Horses" and "Thai Lasses."

Chinese opera is a popular form of drama and music theatre in China, with roots going back as far as the third century CE. Vocalists will perform works from the Yue, Huangmei, Shanghai and Beijing operas. The program will conclude with "Harvest of Dates" and "Raise Your Hood."

For more information, contact the Confucius Institute at 678-2595.

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The Confucius Institute at the U of M will host an evening of Chinese music and dance Feb. 9. "An Oriental Monsoon" is playing a limited number of concerts in the U.S. and the Memphis performance is regarded as a coup for the Confucius Institute. 

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