Flushing Town Hall Announces Lunar New Year 2014 Lineup

Beginning January 31st, Flushing Town Hall (FTH) will kick off Lunar New Year 2014 :the Year of the Horse.

FTH's Lunar New Year line up encourages audience members of all ages to come out and celebrate the annual tradition of what is often referred to as "Chinese New Year" or "Lunisolar New Year". The rich history of Chinese New Year dates back many centuries to when people would gather to honor their ancestors while sharing myth and traditions. Lunar New Year is commonly celebrated in the Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, and Malaysian communities, amongst others.

"We are delighted that we are able to celebrate such a joyous time of the year. Since the inception of this festival at Flushing Town Hall, the Lunar New Year events have been able to bridge generational divides and unify cultures throughout Queens and abroad. It's a wonderful way to kick off the dawn of a new year", says Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic director at Flushing Town Hall.

This year's Lunar New Year 2014 line-Up includes:

Young Joo Song Quartet
Friday, January 31, 8:00 PM
$15/$10 Members & Students

Young Joo Song is one of Korea's leading Jazz pianists. Her swift rise in the Jazz world enabled her to record 8 albums with distinguished labels such as EMI, Warner and Sony. She also earned "Best Jazz Album" and "Best Jazz Performance" at the Korea Music Awards.

Korean Mask Making Workshop
Sunday, February 2, 2014, 1:00 PM
$10/$8 Members & Students (Materials included)

Traditional Korean masks are a vital part of Korean dance dramas. Following an introduction to Korean traditional crafts, participants will color and decorate the Bong San T'al Ch'um mask and create their own colorful character.

Gamin- Wind & Stone
Friday, February 7, 2014, 8:00 PM
$15/$10 Members & Students
gamin is one of the most celebrated piri, taepyeongso (Korean traditional oboe family) and saengwhang (ancient wind-blow instrument) players today. Wind & Stone is a World Music project by gamin and Satoshi Takeishi (drummer, percussionist, and arranger) presenting both traditional and contemporary sounds of Korean music including World Premiere of NY-based Korean composer Yoon-Ji Lee's composition.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 - Sunday, March 30, 2014
Suggested Admission: $5/Members and Students

Korean folk painting, also called Minhwa, truthfully expresses the life and thoughts of Koreans with great wit. It is also used as a symbol of good fortune for the New Year. This exhibition will showcase 60 artworks from Baraem Art Research Institute in Korea and will give you a chance to experience the beauty of Korean folk paintings.

Workshop: Make Your Wish on Hanji
Sunday, February 9, 2014, 1:00 PM
$10/$8 Members & Students (Materials included)

Korean folk paintings are drawn on hanji (Korean traditional mulberry paper) and this incredibly versatile paper is also used to make a vast array of arts and crafts. Write your wishes for the new year on hanji and create a one-of-a-kind art piece to take home.

Lunar New Year Dance Sampler
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 1:00 PM
FREE (Ticket required)

Curated by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou, this year's sampler will present demonstrations of dance from China, Korea, Taiwan, India and beyond

Workshop: Calligraphy on Silk
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 3:00 PM
$10/$8 Members & Students (Materials included)

Welcome in the Year of the Horse with a calligraphy workshop lead by Asian arts specialist Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou. Learn basic calligraphy to write your new year's wishes on Chinese silk fans.

Live from the POEMobile
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 6:30 PM

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with performances by Korean poets and traditional musicians and dancers. Poetry performances will be accompanied by projections from the POEMobile of original Korean poems with English translations, onto Flushing Town Hall's garden wall.

For a complete list of all Spring 2014 events, including our Family Programs, our Lunar New Year events, and many others, visit www.flushingtownhall.org, or for more information, photos or to interview facilitators and/or performers, please contact Malika Granville (718) 463-7700 x244; mgranville@flushingtownhall.org

Flushing Town Hall is conveniently located on 137-35 Northern Boulevard Flushing, NY, 11354; a block and half east of Main Street, FTH is easily accessible by subway and bus; we offer limited, free parking for our patrons. For tickets and more information, visit: flushingtownhall.org, or call the Box Office: (718) 463-7700, ext. 222.

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