Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University/Charlotte Welcomes the Shanxi University School of Music for Dance, Music and Instrumental Performance to Celebrate the Chinese New Year

CI DanceTroupeIn celebration of the Chinese New Year, the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University welcomes from its partner school in Taiyun, China, the Shanxi University School of Music's Dance. The troupe visits Charlotte the week of January 23 for several performances that showcase Chinese traditional dance and instrumental and vocal music.



Mission Possible: Following a Path to Belgium Via Africa and Pfeiffer

Robyn ZickmundRobyn Zickmund is a well-traveled missionary who has served with some of the most well-known, philanthropic organizations in the world, including Habitat for Humanity and AmeriCorps. She is also a 2009 graduate of Pfeiffer University's M.A. in Christian Education program (now Practical Theology) with a specialization in Youth Ministry.



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.


Pfeiffer University Students Put Fall Break to Good Use Helping Others

Pfeiffer's Center for Outdoor Leadership, Francis Center and The Village Church Team Together to Combine COL Building_KennelsAdventure and Service

During their fall break, 15 Pfeiffer University students, under the direction of Pfeiffer's Center for Outdoor Leadership (COL), traveled to Tennessee to raft on the Ocoee River and build kennels for Wayeh Working Housedogs, an organization that breeds, trains and rescues AKC Alaskan malamutes.


Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer hosts visiting Chinese monks, Kung Fu artists through November

web_Shaolin_WarriorsThe 1,500-year-old tradition of Shaolin Kung Fu, a unique expression of China's Zen Buddhist culture, will debut in Charlotte through the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University. Four longtime and well-respected Kung Fu masters are visiting the university from the Hunan and Shanxi Chinese providences to offer martial arts courses and performances now through Nov. 20.

The Yandong Shaolin Kung Fu Troupe will offer two non-credit, 10-week sessions on Saturdays in the student center on Pfeiffer's Charlotte campus, 4701 Park Rd. Beginners' Chinese Kung Fu 1 will be held from 1 p.m. –1:45 p.m. and will introduce students, ages 15 and up, to basic Kung Fu techniques, five-step boxing and Shaolin-Linked boxing styles. The course is $120. Chinese Kung Fu Beginners' 2 will be held from 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. This more advanced course will focus on techniques and jumping styles. Cost for this 10-week session is $240.