According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Year of the Snake begins on Feb. 10. And according to Chinese folklore, seeing a snake in your house means that your family won’t starve. Don’t expect many snakes at Flushing Town Hall in the upcoming months, but prepare to consume a wide array of new year-related art, music, dance and workshops. The festivities begin on Feb. 3 with a virtuoso concert by the Momenta Quartet. Feb. 10 features dance performances from China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Egypt, Colombia and America. Frederic Chiu takes over on Feb. 16, playing classical music for an interactive workshop. Later on, the master pianist tickles the ivories with Chopin, Liszt and Prokofiev music relating to travel and nostalgia for one’s homeland, followed by the works of Chinese composer Gao Ping and French composers Debussy and Ravel, integrated with poetry from the Tang and Song dynasties by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou (pictured above). Other activities include workshops on print making and lantern making, more poetry by Chou and an exhibition showcasing printing techniques such as silk screen, linocut, intaglio, woodblocks, aluminum foil and digital printing.
Chinese Lunar New Year Events
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, February 3, to Sunday, March 3
Times vary | Prices vary
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Please stay safe and out of harm’s way as we move through the lifespan of this storm. If by some reason things start to normalize by Wednesday, give our Halloween roundup events list a gander and perhaps Halloween partying can lift everyone’s spirits!
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