Greetings from the Kunqu Society , a cultural-arts organization devoted to the study, promotion, and preservation of classical Chinese kunqu theatre. Kunqu is a theatre with a history of more than four hundred years that was proclaimed by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 2001 as a masterpiece of "the oral and intangible heritage of humanity." We are writing to share with you the upcoming kunqu events we are to present in November 2012 that will continue our mission of promoting and presenting kunqu in our community.
1. "Masters and Plays" Lecture-demonstration: Thursday, November 15, 6:30-8 p.m., Queens Library at Flushing (41-17 Main Street, Flushing , NY 11355), Free admission.
At this event Mr. Cai, Mr. Huang, and Ms. Wang Weijian will discuss and demonstrate the performing characteristics of kunqu through excerpts from classical kunqu plays, followed by a Q&A session.
2. "Masters and Students" Workshop: Saturday, November 17, 1-3 p.m., College Point Arts Center (14-48 College Point Blvd. College Point, NY 11356, Q20A& Q65 bus at 15th Ave.), RSVP recommended. At this event, Mr. Cai and Mr. Huang will provide personal instruction on the acting training of students of the society''s Kunqu Workshop. They will use classical kunqu pieces as examples to explain and demonstrate the singing and performing techniques of the young and old male role types and lead the students to practice the pieces.
3. "Masters and Masterpieces" Kunqu Performance: In Memory and Honor of Mr. Fu-yen Chen: Sunday, November 18, 2-4:30 p.m., Miller Theatre of Columbia University (2960 Broadway, New York , NY 10027 , #1 Subway Train @ 116 St.)
In this performance Mr. Cai, Mr. Huang, and Ms. Wang will perform the following classical kunqu pieces together with Mr. Qinglin Cai, Ms. Jiehua Shi, Mr. Fulin Wen, Mr. Min Cheng, and Ms. Ling Yang, resident artists of the Society: "An Investigation in Disguise," "Advice on Banqueting," "Traces in the Snow," and "Mother''s Visit." These classical pieces feature a diversity of characters and depict stories about moral concerns, compassion, and the vulnerability of humanity, which set them apart from the characteristic kunqu plays about the romances between scholars and beauties. Among the four pieces, three will be New York premieres.
Tickets are $50, $35, and $20 ($5 for members, seniors, and students).
Anna Chen Wu
President, the Kunqu Society
The Kunqu Society, Inc. 199-36 24th Avenue, Whitestone, NY 11357