The Barron Arts Center Celebrates Chinese New Year With Free Concert

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WOODBRIDGE – The Barron Arts Center will be hosting a Chinese concert and art exhibit in honor of the Chinese New Year 2011: Year of the Rabbit. The musical performance, “Celebrating Year of The Rabbit – A Chinese New Year’s Concert,” will be held Saturday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Woodbridge Middle School, 525 Barron Avenue.

The Jin Qi Lin Art Troupe, of The American Chinese Culture and Art Center, and the Edison Chinese Chorus will perform traditional songs from several regions of China. The songs will be introduced in English and performed in Chinese. The program book will include English lyrics. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Reservations are required for the concert and can be made by calling 1-732-634-0413.


Nearly 40 performers will participate in the concert. The songs speak of romantic love, hardship, the beauty of the land, love of China, memories of a happy childhood and the pain of missing your lover. They are traditional folk songs from several regions of the vast nation and some patriotic compositions from after the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949.

“The concert program is designed so it can be enjoyed by everyone – whether they speak English, Chinese or both,” said Bin Lu, director of the Jin Qi Lin Art Troupe and the Edison Chinese Chorus. “Music is a universal language, but it helps even more if you can understand what people are singing about. That’s why we will explain songs and have translated the lyrics.”

“We wanted to present a wide range of music,” Bin Lu explained. “For some of our audience, they will close their eyes and imagine they are back where they grew up. For others, it will be like taking a flight to a strange, new and special place.”

“Since the Chinese New Year is our most important holiday, it’s an excellent opportunity to celebrate our culture and history with our western neighbors,” said Shi Huimin, who is helping to coordinate the events and will act as master of ceremonies for the concert. “This gives us a chance to share the music and art we love with many who have never experienced it.” The Chinese New Year celebration, the most important on the Chinese calendar, begins this year on Feb. 3.

The art exhibition runs from Feb. 11-25 at the Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge. Exhibit hours are: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 2-4 p.m.

The exhibit will feature classic Chinese brush paintings by well-known artist and teacher, Hengyi Aixingjueluo. “This style of painting is an important part of our heritage,” said Aixingjueluo, who has exhibited her work around the world and taught scores of students in New Jersey since 2002. “The bold brushwork and splashing ink effects are special to this type of art. It gives the paintings majestic momentum and profound meaning. Even the leaves of flowers and trees seem lively.”

(Photos courtesy of the Barron Arts Center)

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