Tuesday, September 8, 2015

"Cultures of China" in Oakland, September 8.

The Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall will host "Cultures of China" tonight, September 8. The Post-Gazette has a profile today:
The feast of traditional arts includes Peking opera, a stylized form of Chinese theater from the 18th Century that incorporates dance, singing, music, mime and acrobatics, performed by artists Baoliang Li and Huiqing Yuan. Chinese folk dances will be performed by the Jinan singing and dancing troupe, and traditional Chinese instruments will be played by Shandong Qishu with a solo by Zhongxian Yao.
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The artists chosen for the Cultures of China gala will stop in five cities this year, having arrived from Chicago, the kickoff city. After their Pittsburgh performance they will go on to Boston, Houston and New York.

In the six years the Overseas Affairs Office of the State Council has chosen artists, this year is the first time the group has performed in Pittsburgh.
The event is a precursor to the first Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival, scheduled for September 19 in Oakland. Tuesday's performance starts at 7:00 pm at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall at 4141 Fifth Ave. (map). Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $5 for children.