New York Confucius Institute for Global Finance at Baruch College Showcases the Sounds of Beijing Opera and Chinese Folk Music
March 6, 2020
The New York Confucius Institute for Global Finance at Baruch College (NYCIGF@Baruch) brought the sweet sounds of Beijing opera and Chinese folk music to the Baruch Performing Arts Center on Feb. 14.
The program, A Lunar New Year Celebration: The World of Chinese Opera, featured an array of professional performers who had extensive training at the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts, China’s foremost institution of Chinese opera education. Approximately 170 people came to the program to see excerpts—including movement and music—from Beijing operas and lively Chinese folk songs using traditional Chinese instruments.
“Traditional Chinese Arts are a superb facilitator of cultural exchange. By bringing Beijing trained performers to Baruch, we are providing a level of access to the arts that simply isn’t afforded to the average person,” said Matt LePere, American director of NYCIGF@Baruch.
Some popular Beijing operas the actors highlighted on stage were Defeating Jiao Zan;Stealing the Emperor’s Horse; Picking up the Jade Bracelet; The Hu Village and Xiaoshang River. Musician Heran Cao performed renditions of “Swirling Petals” and “At the Foot of the Daqing Mountain” on the Chinese bamboo flute.
The festivities also included students from the NYCIGF@Baruch extracurricular Mandarin language classes demonstrating their proficiency in Chinese language.
The Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera at Binghamton University partnered with the NYCIGF@Baruch to hold this program.
The NYCIGF@Baruch serves members of the Baruch College community and New York City residents to increase their understanding of China and the integral role it plays in the worldwide financial system.
On March 16, the NYCIGF is hosting “The Impact of the Coronavirus on Global Markets and Beyond” featuring guest speaker Earl Carr, vice president for international research at Momentum Advisors.
Learn more about NYCIGF@Baruch’s Chinese language classes, global finance seminars, and cultural programs by joining their mailing list.
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