On September 26, 2015, the Confucius Institute sponsored a Traditional Chinese Music Concert at Miller Theater to celebrate the Moon Festival. Before the concert, all the audience had dinner together at Union University Church Center. Alfred University President Charles Edmondson made a speech before the dinner and told a story about the origin of the Moon Festival. One of the students at the scene said: “Now I knew more about the Moon Festival, not just Moon cakes.”
Coming all the way from China, Tai Chi Grandmaster Anren Yu also gave a speech commemorating the world's Anti-fascist Victory. Master Yu introduced his parents’ generation and shared their stories during the Anti-Japanese War, bringing the audience back to the real historical scene. He also told the audience his experiences and international exchange of teaching Swimming Dragon.
The Traditional Chinese Music Concert was presented by an orchestra which is well-known in China, the Tianhan Traditional Orchestra. These excellent musicians played traditional instruments together with Daisy Wu, CIAU Guzheng instructor, and accompanied Professor Luanne Crosby’s soprano solo. Besides, the AU Guzheng Ensemble and students from Chinese class also contributed wonderful performances to the concert.
After the concert, CIAU prepared a splendid fireworks show to celebrate the Moon Festival. Our audience and all the performers spent a wonderful evening together.