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Confucius Institute, Performing Arts invite public to annual Moon Festival 2013 events

The Confucius Institute at Alfred University (AU), along with the Performing Arts Division in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will celebrate Chinese cuisine, music, and culture at the annual Moon Festival, Thursday, Sept. 19 in Susan Howell Hall.

The entire event is open to the public and is free, however seating is limited to 120 guests, first come-first served beginning at 5 p.m.; gifts will also be distributed.

The festival begins at 5:30 p.m. on the first floor with a traditional feast of Chinese dishes and moon cakes. Dinner will be followed by a Tai Chi performance starting at 7 on the second floor. Next, beginning at 7:30, there will be a faculty recital of Chinese folk songs featuring Luanne Crosby, professor of voice and chorus at AU, and Daisy (Zhongbei) Wu of the Confucius Institute at Alfred University playing the guzheng (traditional Chinese plucked zither).

The folk program will include the duets “Jasmine Flower,” “Love Song of Kangding,” “By the Silver Moon,” and “You and Me,” the theme song of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  Wu will also play three Guzheng solo pieces.

Singing in Chinese is new for Crosby (she and Wu performed a similar program during AU’s 2013 Reunion this past June), who says Wu is “a great teacher.”

Crosby earned a doctor of musical arts degree in vocal performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education from the State University of New York at Fredonia. In addition to teaching voice and chorus, Crosby also has sung professionally in a number of groups and has worked with the Cleveland Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Fredonia Chamber Players.

Wu, an associate professor of musicology at Hunan University of Commerce, Changsha, Hunan Province, China, is a music instructor with the Confucius Institute at AU as well as a visiting professor, and an award-winning guzheng player.

Wu earned a master’s degree in musicology from the Graduate School of the Chinese National Academy of the Arts and a bachelor’s degree in music education from the Hunan Normal University.

The Confucius Institute at Alfred University was established in 2008 with the support of the Office of Chinese Language Council International. It is dedicated to promoting the study of Chinese language, culture, ethics, and philosophy, and furthering the understanding of China today. It is an educational resource for teachers, parents, and students throughout Western New York.