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February 4, 2013

Chinese New Year at Purdue

The Knights with Wu Man, pipa

The Knights with Wu Man, pipa
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Confucius Institute, Purdue University Chinese Students and Scholars Association and Purdue Convocations will participate in events to celebrate the 2013 Chinese New Year - celebrating the Year of the Snake.

Feb 8, 11-2:30 p.m., Confucius Institute (CIP) New Year Reception, celebrating the Year of the Snake, in Purdue Memorial Union, Room 118, with lion dance, music, traditional dance, foods, calligraphy and music.

Feb 10, 2-5 p.m., Chinese New Year Gala, in Loeb Playhouse, with entertainments of songs, dances, comedy and Chinese music instruments, presented by Purdue University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (PUCSSA). For ticket information, contact Yang Zhang, PUCSSA president, at zhang424@purdue.edu

Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., The Knights with Wu Man, pipa. Presented by Purdue Convocations in Loeb Playhouse. Wu Man, the world's best-known player of the pipa—the four-stringed, pear-shaped Chinese instrument with a 2,000-year history. This fascinating program includes Lou Harrison's Concerto for Pipa and Orchestra, works by French masters Debussy and Milhaud, Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks, and a new work written and arranged by Wu Man. The Knights are serious about expanding the orchestra concert experience but zesty enough to convey the effervescent joy of their musical exploration. Tickets are $26 for adults and $19 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Tickets are also available through Ticketmaster outlets.

Concact: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu

Sources: Wei Hong, director of CIP, hongwei@purdue.edu

Yang Zhang, President of PUCSSA, zhang424@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: Publication-quality photos are available at http://www.convocations.org/press