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New Center Holds Chinese New Year’s Celebration

The University’s new Center for Chinese Art will usher in the Year of the Tiger on February 17 with a celebration that includes demonstrations of Chinese art, and performances of traditional music, jazz and Chinese opera. Chinese food will also be served.

The day’s events will begin with a program on Chinese art appreciation by Zhiyuan Cong, William Paterson University professor of art, and director of the new Center, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Power Art building.

Musical performances will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., also in the Power Art building. Yang Yi will play the guzheng, an ancient Chinese string instrument. A guzheng virtuoso, she is well-known for her talent in China and the U.S.

Zhao Naiyi, who acts in Chinese opera, will offer a “Changing Faces” performance. This particular art form shows a character’s inner thoughts and feelings in a romantic way.

Also performing will be the William Paterson University Jazz Ensemble, part of the University’s internationally known Jazz Studies Program.

Chinese food will be available. The campus community is invited to attend. Admisson is free. For additional information or to RSVP, contact Karenann Sinocchi via email at