The Chinese community in Fairfield County will welcome Lunar New Year 4708, the Year of the Tiger on Saturday February 20 at the Stamford Plaza Hotel and Conference Center from 6-11 pm. Entertainment for the evening will include a Kunqu classical Chinese Theatre performance, “A Stroll in the Garden” by Ms. Shirley Tou, and Ms. Anna Chen Wu.
Organization of Chinese Americans, Fairfield County chapter is sponsoring the evening. President Jason Liu of Greenwich explained, “Kunqu (pronounced kwin chu) is one of the oldest and most refined styles of traditional Chinese theatre performed today.” “It is a synthesis of drama, opera, ballet, poetry recital, and musical recital, which also draws on earlier forms of Chinese theatrical performances such as mime, farce, acrobatics, ballad recital, and medley, some of which go back to the third century B.C. or even earlier” adds Pauline Ning Brody of New Canaan who is VP of Public Relations. Mr. Yuqing Wang will perform “Dance of the Money God”. Ms. Shirley Tou is VP of Finance-Sales and Marketing at Pitney Bowes in Stamford and a resident of Norwalk. She has been a long-time student of various classical Chinese art forms.
Friends and neighbors will greet each other with Gung Shi Fa Chai, Happy New Year as they gather to celebrate the most important Chinese holiday. The children of the Chinese Language School of Fairfield County will kick off with a Dragon Dance. A traditional 10-course Chinese New Year banquet will be catered by Jasmine Restaurant of Westport. Raffles and dancing round out the evening of fun and fellowship.
The public is cordially invited to join in the celebrations. In February, adult tickets are $70 each; children 3-13 at $25 each and infants under 2 are free. Tickets can be purchased on-line at OCAFCChineseNewYear.eventbrite.com
or sending a check with names, to
PO Box 223,
New Canaan, CT, 06840
or call 203-972-3406.