NC-RTP Chinese Music Ensemble
Piedmont Community College will
present its fifth annual arts festival, StepN2theArtZ, on Wednesday, Sept. 28,
on the College’s Person County Campus in Roxboro. This year’s event, open to
College, public school students, and the community, will center on the arts and
culture of China. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Guest performers will demonstrate a
wide variety of Chinese arts, from calligraphy to Chinese opera. Featured
performers include the NC-RTP Chinese Music Ensemble of Chapel Hill, the Triangle Area
Peking Opera Association, Rick Panico and the Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy, artist
Grace Li Wang, and calligrapher Jinxiu Zhao.
The NC-RTP Chinese Music Ensemble
will perform Chinese music. Founded in 2003, the ensemble is
directed by Jennifer Chang. The group includes more than 21 musicians committed
to promoting Chinese culture and enriching the life of the community through
music performances and musical instrument classes. The group consists of four
sections representing woodwind, bowed-string, plucked-string, and percussion
instruments and incorporates western instruments such as keyboard, electronic
guitar, accordion and drums.
The Triangle Area Peking Opera
Association includes approximately 20 fan singers, Er-Hu players, college
students and professionals. They have performed Chinese opera in many area
festivals and events, including the group’s own Chinese New Year celebrations,
Raleigh International Festivals, Greensboro Chines New Year celebrations, and
Duke University Chinese cultural events.
The Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy will
perform a traditional hung gar Chinese Lion Dance and a traditional Dragon
Dance. The group is led by academy owner Rick Panico, who learned the lion and
dragon dances in Philadelphia’s Chinatown in 1975. He has performed across the
East Coast and leads adult, teen and children’s Lion Dance teams and a Dragon
Dance team that he teaches and trains in his kung fu school in Mooresville. The
groups have performed at many regional events, including several college
festival and cultural fairs.
Artist Grace Li Wang will bring her
artwork for an exhibit at the College’s Learning Resources Center. Born in
Tapai, Taiwan, Wang came to the United States in 1964 and attended North
Carolina State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental
Design degree in 1974. She has exhibited in galleries and shows nationally and
internationally and is the owner of Grace Li Wang Gallery. During StepN2theArtZ,
she will conduct an art tour of her paintings and talk about her work. She also
will have her art books and greeting cards for sale.
For several hours, Chinese
calligrapher Jinxiu Zhao will demonstrate traditional Chinese brush painting as
well as Chinese calligraphy. The themes of her brush paintings emphasize nature
and natural settings: flowers, trees, plants and the scenery around her. Zhao
appreciates the opportunity to teach people about Chinese cultural arts and
teaches brush-painting classes at the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center in Chapel
Hill, the Chapel Hill Zen Center, the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the
Duke Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Attendees will be able to
participate in some of the festival events. PCC instructor Peter Kay will lead
the audience in a T’ai Ch’i demonstration from 8:45-9:15 a.m. Throughout the
day, PCC art students will lead festival attendees in creating a Chinese mural
to be displayed on campus.
Students in PCC’s Film and Video
Production Technology Program and Digital Effects and Animation Program will
share some of their short films and animations during the festival. PCC student
clubs and organizations will sell concessions, some of which will be Chinese
foods in keeping with the day’s theme.
Admission to StepN2theArtZ is free.
For more information, contract Dr. Dawn Langley, at email@example.com or (336)
599-1181. School classes are welcome to attend provided arrangements have been
made in advance. If you would like to bring a group of students, please contact
Leighann Long at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (336) 599-1181.