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Concert: Musicians from Marlboro

This event is held at the Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium. One of NPR’s “Favorite New Artists of 2011,” tenor Nicholas Phan is featured in this program of music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Vaughan Williams. He performs Vaughan Williams’ song-cycle On Wenlock Edge for tenor, piano, and string quartet, as well as selections from Beethoven’s Irish Songs. Phan’s most recent recording was named one of the best classical albums of 2015 by the Chicago Tribune. He appears this season with the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and San Francisco and gives his recital debut at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London. The Chicago Sun-Times called Phan “vocally and dramatically at the level of the finest international artists,” and Opera News praised his “lyric instrument of exceptional quality.” The program also includes Haydn’s Quartet in D Major, op. 76, no. 5, and Beethoven’s String Quartet, op. 59, no. 3. In addition to Phan, the musicians are violinists Michelle Ross and Carmit Zori,… Co-sponsor: Presented in cooperation with the Library of Congress. Event Location: Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium. Cost: Tickets: free. Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 8:00 PM.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Ring in the Year of the Rooster with art! Our third annual Chinese New Year celebration features free attractions for all ages highlighting contemporary performers and artists from Beijing, including: • Beijing Opera performed by students from the Beijing Opera Art’s College • Chinese acrobatic performances • Calligraphy demonstrations • Paper cutting • Sugar painting and dough figurines • Chinese New Year card crafts • Year of the Rooster mask making • Photo booth fun Chinese food is available for purchase. Co-sponsor: Cosponsored by the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Venue: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: Sackler and Ripley Center. Cost: Free. Sunday, February 5, 2017, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Performances: Beijing Opera and Chinese Music

This event is held at the Ripley Center, Discovery Theater. This up-close experience, featuring student-actors from the Beijing Opera Arts College, includes four scenes from favorite stories and a pre-show look at makeup and costuming. In the first scene, from a famous eighth-century tale, a concubine complains to her eunuchs when the emperor fails to appear for a lavish banquet she has provided. From the Song dynasty (tenth–twelfth century) comes a popular martial arts scene in which an innkeeper fights after dark with an emissary he mistakes for an assassin. Next, in a scene from Journey to the West, the Monkey King is tricked into accepting a phony weapon after he rejects all of the usual devices from the Dragon King of the East. Finally, The Jade Bracelet portrays two young people exchanging subtle messages of mutual attraction. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: Discovery Theater. Cost: No tickets required; seating is first-come, first-served. Continues: Repeats at 2:30 pm. Related Events: Chinese New Year Celebration. Sunday, February 5, 2017, 12:30 PM.

Performances: Beijing Opera and Chinese Music

This event is held at the Ripley Center, Discovery Theater. This up-close experience, featuring student-actors from the Beijing Opera Arts College, includes four scenes from favorite stories and a pre-show look at makeup and costuming. In the first scene, from a famous eighth-century tale, a concubine complains to her eunuchs when the emperor fails to appear for a lavish banquet she has provided. From the Song dynasty (tenth–twelfth century) comes a popular martial arts scene in which an innkeeper fights after dark with an emissary he mistakes for an assassin. Next, in a scene from Journey to the West, the Monkey King is tricked into accepting a phony weapon after he rejects all of the usual devices from the Dragon King of the East. Finally, The Jade Bracelet portrays two young people exchanging subtle messages of mutual attraction. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: Discovery Theater. Cost: No tickets required; seating is first-come, first-served. Related Events: Chinese New Year Celebration. Sunday, February 5, 2017, 2:30 PM.