Chinese New Year Celebration
The Stony Brook University community celebrated the Year of the Pig on February 9 with the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration presented by the China Center and Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University.
Students, families, and community members of Stony Brook University had the opportunity to write their names in Chinese calligraphy, learn paper cutting, and enjoy trying on traditional Chinese outfits.
The formal program began with a welcome from Dr. Jun Liu, Vice President/Vice Provost for Global Affairs and Dean of International Academic Programs and Services at Stony Brook University. Dr. Qun Xie, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University, and Consul Wenhua Wang, Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, also extended their welcome and warm wishes for the new year.
This year’s Chinese Lunar New Year celebration featured a wide array of performances by student artists as well as community performers. International students from China took the stage to showcase their musical talents by playing a selection of Chinese music using traditional Chinese instruments the erhu, pipa and guzheng. With a stunning voice, student Shifeng Shen fired up the audience with a popular song in Cantonese. The Deka String Quartet, consisting of students from Stony Brook University’s Department of Music, performed the well-known Chinese classics, Jasmine, Happy New Year, and Butterfly Lovers.
Choir students from Harbor Country Day School were the stars of the show. They performed two songs in Chinese, stunning the audience with their impressive Chinese language fluency and adorable performance.
Artists from the Yiyuan Dance Group and Long Island Chinese Dance Group overwhelmed the room with their elegant performance incorporating traditional Chinese opera with classical dance. Both dance groups are Long Island-based and consist of local Chinese. In addition to performing at Chinese New Year events, they also dedicate time and effort in supporting local charities and community service.
Beyond dance and music, the audience at Stony Brook University also had the opportunity to see acrobatic demonstrations of Chinese yo-yo and foot juggling performed by the renowned acrobat Lina Liu.
The performance came to a successful conclusion with the outstanding performance of artist Lingyan Zhou, a first-class national singer in China, accompanied by the Long Island Chinese Dance Group.
After the program, guests and performers also celebrated the New Year with complimentary reception of traditional Chinese dumplings and appetizers provided by the Confucius Institute at Stony Brook University.