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Year of the Horse Lunar New Year Celebration to be held at Pace University’s Schimmel Theatre, Sunday, February 2nd

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ansel Lurio (212) 346-1686 Program Coordinator, Confucius Institute at Pace University

Year of the Horse Lunar New Year Celebration to be held at Pace University’s Schimmel Theatre, Sunday, February 2nd

Event co-hosted by the Confucius Institute at Pace University,  the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (Pace CSSA), and the New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS)

Celebration will feature a lion dance, Chinese hip hop, martial arts, crosstalk, and a special performance by the United Nations Singers

NEW YORK, NY, January 28, 2014 -- To mark the Year of the Horse, the Confucius Institute at Pace University, in partnership with Pace’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (Pace CSSA), and the New York Chinese Opera Society (NYCOS), will host the Fourth Annual Lunar New Year Celebration at Pace University. The event will take place on Sunday, February 2nd in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at 3 Spruce Street on the New York City campus from 1 to 3 pm.

NYCOS has performed at Pace the last seven years as part of the annual Winter Cultural Exchange Festival. One of the highlights of the afternoon will be a dance excerpt from the Peking Opera "Farewell, my Concubine." 

The United Nations Singers date back to the earliest days of the UN.  Dressed in the colorful costumes of their native cultures while joined together in traditional harmonies from around the world, they hope to convey a message of tolerance and a celebration of other cultures and religions.  They have performed in venues throughout the world, including at the opening of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Other scheduled entertainment will include a traditional lion dance; a contemporary Chinese rap; a martial arts demonstration by Master Xu Lin and her students; and a performance of traditional Chinese crosstalk comedy.  Leaders from Pace and other schools, and representatives from the local and international communities will be in attendance.

About the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Horse

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by people from China, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and other Asian countries and territories. It usually lasts 16 days, from Lunar New Year’s Eve to the Lantern Festival on January 15th of the lunar calendar. Once upon a time, according to tales and legends, the start of Lunar New Year celebrations began with a fight against a mythical beast called the Nian.  On the first day of Lunar New Year when the beast came, ancient Chinese villagers would scare this beast away by wearing red and lighting firecrackers. They would also prepare lots of food since they believed the Nian beast would eat the food instead of attacking them.  That is how the celebration came about. Today, Nian is equivalent to the word “year” in Mandarin.  This year will be the Year of the Horse.  The Horse is a symbol of intelligence, warmth, energy, and ability. 

About the Confucius Institute at Pace University

Located at the financial, civic, and cultural center of Manhattan, The Confucius Institute at Pace University is the first university-based institute of its kind in New York City. Founded in partnership with Nanjing Normal University and China’s Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, Pace’s Confucius Institute integrates pedagogical, scholarly, and professional expertise to promote the learning of Chinese language and culture and to facilitate cross-cultural understanding between people in the United States and China.

About the Pace University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (Pace CSSA)

Pace CSSA serves Chinese students, scholars, alumni and other interested members of the Pace community. It is dedicated to organizing social, intellectual and cultural activities, and building friendship and academic exchange among its members. Pace CSSA provides a variety of services to members, such as promoting Chinese culture, providing an information platform, and guiding members in their school lives and careers, especially those new to Pace University.  Due to efforts in recent years, Pace CSSA has built connections with other area organizations, including Columbia University CSSA (CUCSSA), CSSA in Greater New York Area (CSSANY) and the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, providing Chinese students at Pace with enhanced social and career opportunities.

About NYCOS

The New York Chinese Opera Society, Inc. (NYCOS) is a non-profit organization consisting of volunteers, opera admirers, trained artists and musicians. NYCOS believes and appreciates that Chinese Opera with its known historical significance is an important and integral part of Chinese heritage. NYCOS also believes that through the efforts of organizations such as theirs, the traditions of Chinese Opera with its distinct style of music, singing, instrumentation and staging can be preserved and enhanced for everyone to enjoy.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu.

 

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