Arts & Entertainment

Chinese New Year party set

The Tri-Cities Chinese Association will hold a Chinese New Year's celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 13 in the auditorium at Richland High School.

Festivities include an exhibition of Yang Ge, a Chinese folk dance, along with an opera performance and a dramatization by children that illustrates the growing pains kids feel when forced to take piano, painting, dancing, skating and swimming lessons.

Also on the program will be a performance (called Bai Nian) that demonstrates how respect and well wishes to senior citizens will bring each child a special blessing. An energetic Zumba dance exhibition will follow along with a series of classic Chinese songs and opera arias from the Peking opera Huangmei.

"These are all very pleasant (skits) to watch and illustrate happy events," said Fred Zhang, a member of the association.

The second half of the show features a violin concert performed by more than 40 children and adults. They will play Canon in D Major by Johann Pachelbel, and Lord of the Dance by Ronan Hardiman. During this performance all the lights in the auditorium will be turned off leaving only the glow sticks illuminated that will be attached to the violin bows, Zhang said.

The Chinese New Year celebrates the Year of the Tiger in 2010. Admission is free. The auditorium is at 930 Long Ave., Richland.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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