Chinese New Year Festivals Welcome the Year of the Dog at Brooklyn Public Library!

December 22, 2005

Chinese New Year Festivals
Welcome the Year of the Dog at Brooklyn Public Library!


Brooklyn, NY, December 21, 2005 – Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) invites library users of all ages to celebrate the annual Chinese New Year extravaganza with a variety of free, festive programs scheduled between January 28 and February 5, 2006 at various BPL locations, including Central, Sunset Park and McKinley Park libraries. Festivities will include theatric performances by professional acting troupe Beijing Opera, a Chinese martial art demonstration, and the ancient celebratory sounds of world-class troupes Music from China and Ba Ban Chinese Society. Additionally, children are invited to enjoy face-painting, acrobats, and a dazzling display of magic. Festival goers will also receive a special gift from Brooklyn Public Library – plus good luck wishes for the New Year!

BPL's Chinese New Year programs are free and open to the public. Please refer to the schedule below for details of each event.


CHINESE NEW YEAR PROGRAMS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

MUSIC FROM CHINA
Internationally renowned Music From China will welcome in the Year of the Dog with sounds of the erhu (2-string fiddle) and the yanggin (hammered dulcimer).

Saturday, January 28, 11:30 AM
Sunset Park Library, 4th Avenue at 51st Street, 718.567.2806

Thursday, February 2, 2006 4 PM
McKinley Park Library, 6802 Fort Hamilton Parkway, near 68th Street, 718.748.8001

BEIJING OPERA

Professional Beijing actors will perform Lingchong Sought Shelter from Blizzard at the Mountain God Temple, a famous Chinese folktale. The performance will be followed by face-painting for children, singing, and a Chinese Martial Art demonstration.

Saturday, January 28, 12 PM
Homecrest Library, 2525 Coney Island Avenue near Avenue V, 718.382.5924

Thursday, February 2, 2006, 3:15 PM
Dyker Library, 8202 13thAvenue, near 82nd Street, 718.748.6261

Chinese New Year Festival WITH Ba Ban Chinese Music Society

Founded in 1999, the Ba Ban Chinese Music Society is dedicated to the preservation, creation and presentation of classical and contemporary Chinese music. Named after an ancient piece of folk music, "Ba Ban" literally means "Eight Beats," which is the basic method of grouping notes in traditional Chinese music. The Ba Ban Chinese Music Society will perform with classical silk and bamboo instruments, including various dizi (bamboo flutes), pipa (lute), guzheng (zither) and yangqin (hammered dulcimer). This special musical performance will feature acrobats and a magician. No registration is required, but library users are encouraged to call 718.230.2417 to reserve a seat.

Sunday, February 5, 2 PM
Central Library, 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Grand Army Plaza, 718.230.2100

For more information, please call 718.230.2100 or visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org for additional details.




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