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 Upcoming Event: "Sounds of China: STARTALK Learn Chinese through Beijing Opera" Final Performance to be held at Anderson Center

August 14, 2015: This summer, Binghamton University is hosting the "Sounds of China: STARTALK Learn Chinese Through Beijing Opera Performance" summer camp. The camp is offered to students entering grades 6-12 and teaches Chinese language with a focus on learning Beijing opera.

Sounds of China Students rehearse for their upcoming Final Performance
This Friday, August 14 from 2:00 – 3:30 pm, the students will perform some of their Chinese language and Beijing opera skills to show what they have learned during their three weeks, with a focus on the famous Beijing Opera performance The Tale of the White Snake. The new students will play supporting roles in this well-known opera, while returning students will take center stage as major characters in the Opera. Two professional Beijing Opera performers from NYC will round out the cast of White Snake as the main leads and charm the students with their amazing Beijing Opera combat skills. This event is FREE and will take place at the Anderson Center Chamber Hall at Binghamton University, so stop by if you're interested in Chinese language, culture, or performing arts!

For more information, contact Carrie Buck at the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera. (607)777-3056.

News: "Reshuffling the Past" Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting Exhibit Opening Ceremony Held at Roberson Museum

March 24, 2015: At 3:00 PM on Tuesday, March 24, CICO held the opening ceremony of "Reshuffling the Past," a unique contemporary Chinese ink painting exhibit, at Roberson Museum in downtown Binghamton. "Reshuffling the Past," organized by the Confucius Institute HQ/Hanban, features works by eight Chinese artists, one of whom—Huai Yi—came to Binghamton especially to hold a lecture during the event. At the opening ceremony, over 200 guests enjoyed snacks and time to stroll through the paintings and take in the features of each distinctive work.

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Audience members attending the opening ceremony lecture given by Huai Yi; Student attendees observing the paintings

Huai Yi lectured on "The Ink Stone and Chinese Culture," which gave an in-depth discussion of the relationship between the ink stone in Chinese ink art and the spirit of Chinese scholars.

In addition to Huai Yi, guest speakers at the ceremony included Dr. Donald Nieman, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at Binghamton University; Terry McDonald, Executive Director of Roberson Museum; and Quansheng Chang, Education Consul from the Chinese Consulate General in New York.

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Binghamton University Provost Don Nieman at the Opening Ceremony

Roberson Museum and Science Center, a popular and historic museum located in downtown Binghamton, was a superb venue for this exhibit and event. Binghamton University faculty, staff, and students, as well as members of the local community arrived at the Sawtelle Gallery and were impressed by the forty works by Huai Yi, Jin Weihong, Li Jin, Liu Qinghe, Qian Zhongping, Shen Qin, Wu Yi, and Yi Liao.

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Dejun Cao, Linghui Tu, Zu-yan Chen, Huai Yi, Terry McDonald, Harvey Stenger, Dan Zhu, and Bing Han

"Reshuffling the Past" was displayed at the Roberson Museum from March 20 to June 21, 2015.  This traveling exhibit was a great opportunity to experience Chinese culture and art.


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Last Updated: 8/12/15