Chinese Culture Event Held on April 10th was a Success!

by: Robert Allen Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

The Livingston Chinese Culture New Year Celebration on Saturday, April 10th was a delightful festival of sounds and color. Arlene Johnson, Mayor of Livingston, presided over the event and surprised audience members with a Chinese greeting. Rudy Fernandez, Deputy Mayor, and Charles “Buddy” August, Councilman, provided Township support and appreciation to the Chinese community, and Pam Clause McGroarty, Livingston High School Principal, hosted the event, which was held in the Livingston High School Auditorium.

The day started with children’s games, Chinese arts workshops and fun activities for seniors and accumulated in a spectacular evening performance. The Livingston High School and Livingston Chinese School opened the event with a wonderful Lion Dance, which was followed by the Livingston Huaxia Chinese School in the children’s dance We Love China. A Livingston High School student performed a magnificent acrobatic display with the Chinese Yo-Yo followed by children from the Livingston Huaxia Chinese School in colorful traditional costumes in the Red Lantern Dance.

The Livingston Chinese Association Instrument Ensemble performed The North Wind, a song adapted from the famous Chinese opera “White Haired Girl,” followed by a Spring Dance by the Huaxia Chinese School, a celebration of the joyful spring breeze that thaws the earth and awakens the flowers. Livingston Chinese Association provided a dance entitled Traces of Melody, combining the Chinese fan and the koto, a traditional string instrument, and A Cappella: Eight Horse Eulogy, a tribute to Genghis Khan’s eight horses galloping across the Mongolian Prairie.

Living Stone Christian Church regaled the audience with the Tibetan Dance: Hineni and the Huaxia Chinese School children provided a display of Chinese Kung Fu. Members of the Senior Club danced the Lovely Jasmine, a performance followed by resounding claps showing audience members’ appreciation, which was followed by a Modern Ballet by the Huaxia Chinese School. The Livingston Chinese School students performed a medley of four songs to celebrate freedom and joie de vivre called Music in Motion, a Choral Medley. This was followed by Livingston High School students performing a Chinese folk dance and a Modern Dance Medley of Hip Hop, Tango and Street Dance.

The Livingston Chinese School provided a classic parade of flower drum musicians in Dance: Flower Drums Galore, followed by a koto and violin instrumental composition, Chinese Valentine Ballad, performed by Livingston High School students commemorating the holidays in a perfect fusion of East and West. The concluding performance was the Living Stone Christian Church Chorus in Embrace This New Day and Dream a Little Dream.

This wonderful event was brought to you by Livingston Chinese Culture collaborative organization dedicated to celebrating Chinese heritage and culture. The five Chinese community organizations involved in this collaboration are: 1) the Livingston Chinese Association (LCA), 2) Livingston Huaxia Chinese School (LHXCS), 3) Livingston Chinese School (LCS), 4) Living Stone Christian Church (LSCC) and 5) Livingston High School (LHS). The co-sponsor is the Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS) program.

For photos of the event visit our website: www.livingstonchineseculture.org. Please call Xiaole Shen at 973-994-0355, or email him at: xlshen99@hotmail.com for additional information.

Susan Ridley

Program Supervisor, Community Services

Department of Senior, Youth and Leisure Services:
Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS)
P.O. Box 822, Livingston, NJ 07039
Tel: 973-535-2646
Fax: 973-992-9318
lycs@livingston.org
www.livingston.org

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