BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo Confucius
Institute (UBCI) and the Chinese Club of Western New York (CCWNY)
will celebrate the Chinese Lunar Year of the (energetic, bright,
warm-hearted, intelligent and able) Horse on Feb. 2 with its annual
free public performance of music, dance and Chinese martial
The popular event will take place from 2-4:30 p.m. in the
Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North
The show will feature lively music, colorful dance and
performances by scores of artists from China, UBCI students and the
members of CCWNY. There will be no public dinner this year.
“The celebration of Lunar New Year is shared by several
countries and regions in east and southeast Asia, which go far
beyond the Chinese community,” says Professor Stephen
Dunnett, vice provost for international education at UB.
Confucius Institute Executive Officer Eric Yang says,
“among the highlights this year are a performance on the
guzheng (the traditional Chinese plucked zither) by Daisy Wu, an
award-winning professional Chinese musician who is currently a
visiting professor of music at Alfred University; the ever-popular
Dragon Dance, which as we know brings good luck to all, and a
demonstration of Chinese martial arts performed by members of the
Gold Summit Martial Art Institute.
“The audience also will see many more western faces among
the performers this year,” he says.
The program will include
- “The little swallow/The little white boat,”
“Laughing out loud/Looking for friends,” and “The
Sun, the Moon and the Star” performed by a youth chorus led
by Vickie Chang
- A children’s dance, “Lovely Jasmine
- A Tibetan solo dance, “Zhou Ma,” performed by Helen
- A Mongolian dance, “Little Horse Riders”
- “Fighting the Typhoon,” an intense and dynamic
contemporary piece from the repertoire of the Chinese stringed
instrument, the Guzheng
- A Korean Dance, “Mei A Li”
- The Grand Paganini Etudes in G sharp minor, performed by David
- A group dance, “Flying Skirts”
- An orchestral performance of Tchaikovsky’s
“Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48, Movement II
- A solo dance, “Auspicious Sky,” performed by
- “Happy Little Hand Drummers,” a Uyghur dance
According to Chinese culture, “those born in the year of
the horse are said to have ingenious communication abilities and
tend to be in the community limelight, which they enjoy very
much,” says Jiyuan Yu, professor of philosophy at UB and the
director of UBCI.
“They are clever, kind to others, and – although
they sometimes talk too much and can be hot-tempered –
cheerful, perceptive, talented, earthy but stubborn,” he
says, adding that those born in the Year of the Horse like
entertainment and large crowds, are popular among friends, active
at work and refuse to be reconciled to failure.
Celebrity horses include Theodore Roosevelt, Jennifer Lawrence,
John Cusack, Warren Buffet, Elvis Costello, Judge Judy, Sean
Connery, Ulysses Grant, Jackie Chan, Denzel Washington, Rutherford
B. Hayes, Harrison Ford, Ashton Kutcher, Paul McCartney, Rembrandt,
Leonard Bernstein and Jerry Seinfeld, Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Bullock
and Kristen Stewart.
Unable to attend the Year of the Horse celebration? Well,
get out there and buy up sheets of 2014 “Year of the
Horse” commemorative stamps from the U.S. Postal Service.