Sleepless Golden Dragon Night ------ The Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College and Florida Grand OperaCo-host ' Golden Dragon Night ' Chinese Culture Exhibition

[Source]    the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College [Time]    2010-12-01 09:52:06 

On the evening of November 13th, a 'Golden Dragon Night ' was co-hosted by the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College and Florida Grand Opera for the cause of promoting Chinese culture and allowing for the Miami people to learn about China. Audience members not only had a chance to appreciate the Italian opera Turandot, but also experienced the unique charm of Chinese culture.

Florida Grand Opera receiving audience members

Turandot- the first production of the 2010-2011 performance season at Florida Grand Opera, tells a story of love between a Chinese princess and Tartar prince. Its most notable music is Nessun Dorma, well-known across the globe, and so, the 2400 capacity opera house was full.

Peking Opera performers of the Florida Grand Opera doing makeup A

Performance schedules were carefully made by the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College so as to provide audience members a chance to experience Chinese culture first hand. Four usherettes were arranged to stand at the main gate of the opera house and the VIP entrance: wearing elegant chirpaur, they greeted people in both Chinese and English. At a prominent position in the opera house’s hall, ethnic group costumes provided by the Consulate-General in Houston were on display. The colorful, diverse, exquisite costumes drew much attention from those present.

Peking Opera performers of the Florida Grand Opera doing makeup B

In the VIP hall, Chinese folk music appreciation was arranged for the guests of the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College. Over ten pieces of melodious Chinese folk music, including Jasmine Flowers, The Butterfly Lovers and Rising Higher Step by Step, were played by well-known flute player Tang Changkui, Erhu player Yang Rui and Guzheng player Wu Luo. There was a crowd surrounding the band during its performance. The audience members were intoxicated by the music and made lively applause at the end of each piece of music. There were also people that had advanced out of curiosity, asking questions about Chinese folk music.

Chinese folk music at the Florida Grand Opera

On the other side of the VIP hall, a live Peking Opera makeup demonstration was carried out by Yu Jie, a famous Chinese performing artist. The demonstration included putting on rouge, decorating eyes with carbon ink, arranging hair in front of a mirror and putting on a phoenix coronet; this offered a unique perspective, and means for people to experience the artistic charm of Peking Opera. Every step of the demonstration process drew a great deal of attention, people made exclamations out loud about Yu Jie's technique and they had pictures taken to record the moment. At the dinner reception following opera performances, Ms.Yu Jie performed 'changing faces' (the highlight of the entire Chinese culture exhibition) for American audience members. Everyone was immersed in the charm of Chinese culture, offering critical acclaim of her performance.

Peking Opera performance at the Florida Grand Opera

The event lasted from 12p.m., guests at the Opera House enjoyed the entire show with great relish. Instead of feeling tired after such a long show, they felt they had benefited a great deal from watching the show. The cultural promotion from the Confucius Institute presented displayed itself to audience members by means of a new face; it gained people's recognition and praise. The event allowed for audience members to enhance their strong interest in Chinese culture and it was a catalyst for resolve to learn about Chinese culture and for getting to know about China.