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Upcoming Event: Opening Ceremony of Chinese Ink Painting Exhibit

Reshuffling the Past: Contemporary Chinese Ink Art
Opening Ceremony on March 24, 2015

This month, the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera (CICO) at Binghamton University will be working with Roberson Museum and Science Center in Binghamton to hold a modern Chinese ink painting exhibit called "Reshuffling the Past," which features artwork by eight famous Chinese artists. This exhibit will last from March 20 until April 30. It is organized and co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute HQ (Hanban).

On Tuesday, March 24 from 3-5 PM, the official opening ceremony will be held along with a lecture by one of the artists whose work is exhibited, Huai Yi. Huai Yi will come from China especially for this event. There will be a reception afterward. Admission is FREE (the $8 admission fee is paid for by CICO).

The public is invited to attend this unique and enriching cultural event. CICO will cover the ticket cost at the door. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn about Chinese fine art!

Art Exhibit Poster

News: Beijing Opera Character Types Demonstration

On Thursday, March 12, the Beijing Opera Character Types class will held its final demonstration, with students performing excerpts from the Beijing Opera "Three Families Inn". They'll also sing "Pear Blossom Song" and demonstrating Beijing opera theatrical combat and water sleeves dance.

Beijing Opera Character Types spring 2015

News: CICO Celebrated the Year of the Sheep at the STCCA Chinese New Year Gala and Phelps Mansion!

Dance at Phelps Mansion

The Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera's (CICO's) performance group participated in the Southern Tier Chinese Cultural Association's annual Chinese New Year gala in Binghamton on February 28! CICO also performed on March 1, in the Phelps Mansion Museum on Court Street.

Performers included Linghui Tu, an internationally-known performer of Chinese opera, Shijun Cheng, a famous Chinese bamboo flute player, as well as Binghamton University faculty members — mezzo-soprano Hong Zhang and pianist Pej Ritz. Joining them were other excellent Chinese opera performers and dancers.

What is the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera?


Past News

September 27, 2014: Confucius Institute Day!

The Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera held a fun series of events from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City. Activities included free Chinese language and culture events, food, Beijing opera, singing, dance, and instrumental music performances, arts and crafts, and more!

CICO organized these activities in honor of "Confucius Institute Day," which celebrates the 10th Anniversary of the founding of Confucius Institutes worldwide. Confucius Institutes all over the world are held activities and events on September 27.

In the Center Court of the Oakdale Mall, the public was welcome to participate in short Chinese language classes, make arts and crafts, try Chinese food, watch Beijing Opera demonstrations, enjoy an exhibit on Chinese Opera, and sit in for some interesting talks about Chinese art and culture.

March 30, 2014: Congratulations to the three CICO students - Carrie Buck, Adam Kopec, and Daniel Mcmonagle - wo participated in the annual Northeast United States regional final of the "Chinese Bridge" competition at Pace University on March 30! They won first, second, and third places, respectively! All participants had to make a speech entirely in Mandarin Chinese and showcase a Chinese culture-themed talent. Carrie Buck and Adam Kopec participated in the senior division, performing superb Beijing Opera excerpts from "The Heavenly Maid Scatters Blossoms" 《天女散花》 and "The Three Families Inn" 《三家店》. Daniel Mcmonagle, who took part in the junior category, impressed the audience with his breathtaking Chinese yo-yo routine. As the first-place winner of the senior category, Carrie Buck is eligible to go on to the final round in Beijing this summer with the best Chinese-as-a-second-language-speaking college students from all over the globe. Check out the media section of our website for related links to Chinese and English news about the competition!

2014 Chinese Bridge pictures in a montage-2

Carrie Buck, Adam Kopec, and Daniel Mcmonagle

Winner of Chinese Bridge 2014

The 1st-place junior and senior winners (Including Carrie Buck, second on the left.). Photo by Rob Klein.

Lecture-Recital Held at the United Nations

On January 10, 2014, Professor Hong Zhang held a lecture-recital on China's ethnic groups and their songs at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York City! Professor Zhang has lectured all over the United States for many years about Chinese music. At the UN, Professor Zhang discussed and sang songs characteristic of the Han, Inner Mongolian, Uyghurs, and other ethnic groups in China, as well as songs created in modern times, and offered a concise introduction for each part and each song. Her lecture-recital received an enthusiastic welcome from UN officials and international diplomats.

H Zhang at the UN on Jan 10 2014

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