Chinese New Year Festival with the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble

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Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble
克里夫蘭民族樂團
presents SPRING IN THE EAST ~ A concert for the Chinese New Year
新年音樂會《東方之春》
2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014
Free

Celebrate the Chinese New Year (the Year of the Horse) in style with the Cleveland Chinese Music Ensemble, Northeast Ohio's traditional Chinese orchestra.

The ensemble will present a program of graceful and festive music -- including several pieces about horses -- played on an assortment of traditional Chinese musical instruments including bamboo flutes, mouth organs, fiddles, lutes, and percussion. Audience members will be invited for a hands-on opportunity to try the drums, gongs, and cymbals and join the ensemble for a few numbers. Interspersed between the pieces will be readings of several colorful stories and poems about horses from Chinese history.

For an additional treat, the concert will conclude with a spirited East-West collaboration with local Burton folk musicians Rob Rhamy (fiddle) and Gordon Keller (guitar). A reception featuring tasty Chinese snacks will follow. Wear something red (a color representing good luck in Chinese culture) and bring the whole family to this memorable event -- children will receive a special surprise!

Tentative program:

● Radiant With Joy (Xi Yang Yang, 喜洋洋)
● Purple Bamboo Melody (Zi Zhu Diao, 紫竹调)
● Lady Meng Jiang (Meng Jiang Nü, 孟姜女)
● Little Rainbow Dress (Xiao Ni Chang, 小霓裳)
● Testing Horses in the Suburbs in the Spring (Chun Jiao Shi Ma, 春郊试马)
● Horse Racing (Sai Ma, 赛马)
● Horse-Herding Mountain Song (Fang Ma Shan Ge, 访马山歌)
● Picking Flowers (Cai Hua, 采花)
● Rising Higher Step By Step (Bu Bu Gao, 步步高)
● Old Six Beats (Lao Liu Ban, 老六板)
● Festival Percussion (Huanqing Luogu, 欢庆锣鼓)
● Elk River Blues
● Cluck Old Hen
● Chinese Breakdown
● Midnight on the Water