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.
Thursday, March 13, 2014: The spring 2014 Beijing Opera Character Types class demonstration was led by CICO professor Linghui Tu from 4:30-5:30 PM in FA 093A. This course teaches different Beijing Opera performance techniques, singing skills, and movements. During the demonstration, the audience viewed the achievements of the students in this fascinating class.
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. Be sure to find out more details in Binghamton's University's Inside here and on the Confucius Institute Headquarters' (Hanban's) website in Chinese here.
On the snowy evening of December 14, 2013, CICO held a preliminary round of the Chinese Bridge competition in Casadesus Recital Hall, in conjunction with BU's Singing Chinese class recital. This event was attended by 200 faculty, staff, students, and community members. For the Chinese Bridge competition, four Chinese language students—Elizabeth Bien (pictured right), Adam Kopec, Minsu Seo, and Daniel McMondagle—introduced themselves in Chinese, gave the audience their best wishes for the Year of the Horse, and proceeded to display various talents displaying their interest in Chinese culture. Elizabeth Bien sang the song "Jasmine Flower" 《茉莉花》 and played it on the Chinese flute (dizi). Adam Kopec played the beautiful "Love Song of Kangding"《康定情歌》 on the piano. Minsu Seo skillfully played "Happy Days" 《翻身的日子》 on the piano as well, and Daniel McMonagle entertained the onlookers with his Chinese yo-yo routine. It was a successful event and an entertaining night for all those who were able to attend.
CICO's Performances and Exhibits in Fall 2013
CICO's performance group and CICO professors performed at eight colleges in fall 2013:
Performance at the University of Missouri-St. Louis
In addition, in collaboration with the New York Chinese Traditional Art Center (NYCTAC), CICO held its traveling exhibit "The Art Behind Chinese Opera: Costumes, Props and Makeup" in two venues this year, and plans to continue this exhibit in 2014:
SUNY Global Center Exhibit
BINGHAMTON—CICO had its annual concert, Amazing China, on Friday, September 27, at 8:00 PM in the Anderson Center Osterhout Theater! The show was a great success with the cooperation of Binghamton University (BU), Alfred University, and the New York Chinese Traditional Art Center in Flushing.The concert was co-sponsored by CICO and the Music Department at BU.
About 700 people attended this performance featuring Beijing opera, Chinese songs, a lion dance, instruments, and acrobatics. Linghui Tu, who is teaching courses on Beijing Opera combat and face painting this semester, performed various Beijing Opera excerpts. In addition, visiting associate professor Shijun Cheng played the dizi, or Chinese flute, together with Zhongbei Wu of Alfred University's Confucius Institute. Zhongbei Wu played outstandingly on the Chinese zither. Professor Hong Zhang, faculty of BU, sang beautifully, and she was accompanied by expert Pej Reitz, also faculty member here. Furthermore, BU Senior Carrie Buck performed a Beijing Opera excerpt called "The Heavenly Maid Scatters Blossoms" as her debut.
In addition to performers from BU and Alfred University, "Amazing China" also featured guest artists from the New York Chinese Traditional Art Center (NYCTAC). Fei Wang, artistic director of NYCTAC, performed Chinese Opera excerpts along with Chunnuan Liu, Shifan Li, and Wenpang Zhang. And the stunning acrobatics by NYCTAC's Rui Zhang were a big hit. The Lion Dance - performed for the first time in a CICO concert - and Beijing Opera pieces featuring martial arts were made possible by Fei Wang, Chunnuan Liu, and the others at NYCTAC.
Artful Collaboration: Working Together to Hold a Successful Exhibit in New York
NEW YORK—On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, Binghamton University's Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera (CICO) collaborated with the Confucius Institute for Business (CIB) in Manhattan for the first time. CIB is affiliated with the SUNY Levin Institute and is located at the SUNY Global Center.
As part of CIB's Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations, CICO hosted a unique exhibit called "The Art Behind Chinese Opera: Costumes, Props and Makeup" in collaboration with the New York Chinese Traditional Art Center (NYCTAC). The exhibition took place at the Levin Institute, and was put together with the help of Drs. Maryalice Mazzara, Sun Dong, and Dai Wenhong of SUNY's CIB. CICO Co-Director Han Dongqing managed the exhibit, and Assistant to the Director of CICO Laura Scott helped with the setup. CIB and CICO are very grateful for the support of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in New York.
"The Art Behind Chinese Opera" featured actual Chinese Opera makeup, along with a video showing how it is applied, costumes of various styles and colors, and thirty photos of the male and female performers' makeup process along with descriptions in English.
But that's not all—professional Chinese Opera actors Liu Chunnuan and Wang Fei gave two live demonstrations to show the audience how to use Chinese Opera props, such as spears, hammers, horse whips, banners that symbolize water, and long sticks.
The audience was also allowed to try on certain Chinese Opera costumes. Many were awed by how elaborate the clothing was, and how much effort went into Chinese Opera actors' makeup and hair. And many couldn't resist recording photos and videos of the elaborate costumes, engaging makeup exhibit, and lively demonstrations! They were highly impressed and eager to take home digital mementos of this unique exhibition.
Over 200 guests attended the festivities, including Chinese Consul Chang Quansheng and other high-ranking attendees. Professor Zhou Bin, a famous calligraphy master and teacher of the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, also exhibited his works. Some media outlets, such as www.sinovision.net, have reported this event.
Afterward, Dr. Mazzara, Director of Academic Affairs at the SUNY Global Center and Director of CIB, said, "When I walked into the CICO exhibition, I thought I was in a museum in China! And the live demonstrations added so much. We heard many people raving about the exhibition and demonstrations." As a joint collaboration among CICO, CIB, and NYCTAC, "The Art Behind Chinese Opera" was a superbly successful endeavor. Not only were relationships strengthened, but CICO's unique exhibition of Chinese Opera was brought to Manhattan, New York as well. Some other collaborative opportunities for Chinese Opera exhibit have already emerged since then.
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