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Chinese art, music, dancing featured at festival

Festivities include exhibition, symposium and performances by top Chinese artists

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November 2, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- China Festival 2009 will bring an exhibition of traditional and contemporary Chinese art, a symposium on China today and two nights of musical, dance and acrobatic performances by leading Beijing artists to Northwestern University's Evanston campus Nov. 4 to Dec. 6.

The festival, organized by the Chicago chapter of the U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association (US-CPFA) and hosted by Northwestern University's Program of Asian and Middle East Studies, is open to the public.

The festival, an annual event of the US-CPFA, is especially lively this year in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China and the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and China. All the events will take place either at Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, or Cahn Auditorium, 600 Emerson St., as noted.

"The festival will give Chicago area residents a rich opportunity to hear from more than a dozen local scholars and business people involved in various aspects of Chinese studies and contemporary affairs, as well as opportunities to appreciate the distinguished artistry of master present day visual and performing artists from Beijing," said Peter J. Carroll, director of Northwestern's Program of Asian and Middle East Studies, and associate professor of history, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

Carroll, with Daniel Linzer, Northwestern's provost, Roger Noback, president of the U.S. China Peoples Friendship Association Chicago, and the Honorable Huang Ping, Chicago Chinese consul general, will welcome guests, give brief introductions and present the keynote speaker at the Nov. 14 symposium at Norris Center.

More details on China Festival 2009:
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4 to Sunday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., "5 Plus Genres of Chinese Art: Traditional and Contemporary" exhibition, Dittmar Memorial Gallery, located on the first floor of Norris University Center. The exhibition will feature works by contemporary master artists and includes traditional paintings on themes of nature; 10 ink paintings of fish by Zhu Mingde; works of different folk arts, including kites, snuff bottle painting and dough figurine sculpture; 40 photographs by more than 20 prominent Beijing photographers, on the theme, "Beijing at Night"; and photographs of contemporary artworks by professors from the prestigious China Academy of Art in Hangzhou. The exhibition, co-sponsored by the Northwestern University Asian and Middle East Studies Program, is free and open to the public. A free opening reception will be held at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. For information, call the gallery at (847) 491-2348, e-mail dittmargallery@northwestern.edu or visit the Dittmar Web site at http://www.dittmar.northwestern.edu.
  • Saturday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., Annual China Symposium 2009, in the Louis Room, on the second floor of Norris University Center. 9:30 to 10 a.m. On-site registration for morning and afternoon sessions; 10 a.m. to noon, Presentations by four Northwestern University Ph.D. students on topics related to Chinese sociology, art history and political science; 12:40 to 12:55 p.m. Welcome address and brief introductions; 1 p.m. Keynote address by James Hevia, professor of international and Chinese history, University of Chicago, on "The Pacifist Tradition in China"; At 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Scholars and officials from Chicago area universities, museums and other organizations will present 50-minute talks related to Chinese arts and philosophy, commerce, and society, science and technology; 5 to 5:45 p.m. Reception including Chinese appetizers and entertainment. Advance registration is available online at www.nbo.northwestern.edu or at the Norris Center Box Office. Admission is $20 for adults or $30 per family (or $5 extra at the door on the day of the event) and $5 for college or graduate students and teachers.
  • Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m., Two Evenings of Chinese Performing Arts, Annual China Friendship/Beijing Performing Arts Gala 2009, at Cahn Auditorium. Chinese vocal and opera acts, folk dances, acrobatic acts and instrumental performances by contemporary Chinese masters and others performers from some of the finest academies in China, including Beijing's China Conservatory, China National Opera Troupe, China National Symphony Orchestra, China Traditional Opera College, North Kunqu Troupe, Beijing Acrobatic Troupe and Beijing Dance College. The two-night gala is presented jointly by the U.S.-China Peoples Friendship Association-Chicago Chapter and Yellow River Performing Arts U.S.A., in association with the Northwestern University Asian and Middle East Studies Program and professors in the China studies areas of Chinese language, history, political science, religion and art history. General admission is $12, with select seating priced from $20 to $50, or $5 for Northwestern University students with valid WildCARD IDs. Tickets may be ordered in advance at www.nbo.northwestern.edu. Tickets also are available at the Norris Center Box Office. For more information, e-mail NorrisBoxOffice@northwestern.edu or phone (847) 491-2305.
For registration and more information on programming, visit www.nbo.northwestern.edu. Additional information about the festival also is available at www.uscpfa.org/chicago.

(Nathalie Rayter, a junior in the School of Education and Social Policy, contributed to this story.)

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