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      Chinese Fine Arts Society Celebrates 30 Years


       The Chinese Fine Arts Society has been championing Chinese arts and culture in Chicago for thirty years.  Lisa Flynn provides an overview of the organization, previews highlights from upcoming concerts in the year-long musical survey of China’s natural environment titled Forces of Nature: The Five Elements Project, discusses the early days of CFAS with its President Julie Tiao Ma, and chats with Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist and CFAS Artist-in-Residence Qing Hou.

      The Chinese Fine Arts Society continues its 30th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, May 18th with Earth and Wood, the second concert of The Five Elements Project.  The performance is part of Preston Bradley Hall’s Sunday Salon Series, downtown at the Chicago Cultural Center.  It is free to the public and features three Chicago Premieres and CSO musicians.

      The full program includes:

      Traditional Chinese Tune: Birds on  a Desolated Mountain
      Betti Xiang, erhu

      Traditional Chinese Tune: Birds Dash Back to Forest
      Betti Xiang, gaohu

      Traditional Chinese Tune: On the Grassland

      Betti Xiang, zhonghu

      Spring in the Forest byYe Xiaogang
      YuQi Deng, guzheng

      Tree Without Wind by Huang Ruo (Chicago/Midwest Premiere)
      Winston Choi, piano

      Gobi Canticle by Lei Liang (Chicago/Midwest Premiere)
      Qing Hou, violin; Weijin Wang, viola

      Chinese Folk Songs by Zhou Long (Chicago Premiere)
      String quartet led by Qing Hou


      CFAS Performance at Millenium Park
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