Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer celebrates Chinese Lunar New Year

The Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University will celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year on Friday, Feb. 18 with a host of events, including a concert by famous London opera performer Justin Lavender. The day will feature several family activities and performances that will allow festival guests to explore and experience the Chinese culture to its fullest. 

Justin_Lavender_Duca-di-MantovaThe events to commemorate the Chinese Lunar New Year, which began on Feb. 3 - The Year of the Rabbit, will begin at 4 p.m. in the Stokes Student Center with hands on displays of Chinese arts and crafts. At 6 p.m., an evening of Chinese cultural shows and unique performances, like Kung Fu demonstrations and Chinese folk dances, will be held in the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel. These performances also include solos presentations. All events are free and open to the public.

Lavender, who will perform in Chinese two of the country's famous operatic selections, was persuaded to give up his goals of becoming a nuclear engineer in exchange for pursuit of his vocal career. Following his successful debut in “The Pearl Fishers” at the Sydney Opera House, his opera career began and he received invites to sing leading tenor roles all over the world. He has performed in the Vienna State Opera's performance of the “The Magic Flute” by Mozart, and he performed the title role of Rossini's “Count Ory” at La Scala in Milan, among countless other roles.

In addition to his performing career, Lavender also has a strong recording career. He is featured on recordings with symphonies from across the world. He is now a professor of vocal studies at the Royal Music College in London, England, and he teaches the Choral Scholars of King's College in Cambridge.

DR_HONG_ZHAOOther Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration activities include:

• Chinese calligraphy demonstrations by Dr. Hong Zhao, a distinguished Chinese calligrapher, sinologist and philologist from Beijing. His eight-minute demonstration will mainly introduce the art of Chinese calligraphy, which is 6,000 years old, as well as its evolution.
• Clay sculpting and traditional-paper cutting hands-on arts and crafts.
• Chinese Folk Dancing, “Celebrating the Beginning of a New Spring” by students of Smith Academy of International Languages, Charlotte, N.C.
• Kung Fu performance by Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu Master.
• Chinese Traditional folk song performance, “Ye Lai Xiang, Fragrance Of The Night”

Admission to the Confucius Institute's Chinese Lunar New Year celebration is free. The event will take place on Pfeiffer's Misenheimer campus, 48380 US HWY 52N, Misenheimer. For additional information about this series of events, please contact Weihong Yan at (704) 237-3366 or

The Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer is a non-profit organization located in Charlotte, N.C. It seeks to bring awareness of Chinese language, culture, and business practices to the local communities it serves. For more information on the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer, please visit


Pictured above: Top right - Well-respected opera performer Justin Lavender. Bottom right - Dr. Hong Zhao, a distinguished Chinese calligrapher, sinologist and philologist from Beijing. Both will appear during the Confucius Institute's Chinese New Year celebration Feb. 18.


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