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.
Audience members attending the opening ceremony and enjoying the paintings
Huai Yi gave a lecture called "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.
Binghamton University Provost Don Nieman
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.
Dejun Cao, Linghui Tu, Zu-yan Chen, Huai Yi, Terry McDonald, Harvey Stenger, Dan Zhu, and Bing Han
"Reshuffling the Past" will be displayed at the Roberson Museum from March 20 to April 30, 2015, and this traveling exhibit is a great opportunity to experience Chinese culture and art.
March 12, 2015: 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.
February 28 - March 1, 2015: 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.
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!
Carrie Buck, Adam Kopec, and Daniel Mcmonagle
The 1st-place junior and senior winners (Including Carrie Buck, second on the left.). Photo by Rob Klein.
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.
Last Updated: 3/31/15