3:00 PM15:00

Symphony Center presents Chinese New Year Concert


Symphony Center Presents offers a special concert featuring guest artists from China performing both traditional and contemporary Chinese music. The internationally acclaimed China Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, conducted by Pang Kapang, make their Chicago debut with a program that includes the joyous “Spring Festival Prelude” and the cheerful “Hauer Caprice” with CSO cellist Katinka Kleijn as soloist.

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Long Yun Kungfu Troupe @ Harris Theatre
7:00 PM19:00

Long Yun Kungfu Troupe @ Harris Theatre

Be amazed by the breathtaking artistry of the Long Yung Kungfu Troupe. Founded by celebrity Jackie Chan, this group makes its midwest premiere during Chicago’s 2016 Chinese New Year celebrations.

In partnership with the Harris Theatre, Choose Chicago, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and the Joyce Foundation.

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6:00 PM18:00

Kate Liu Performance

After capturing the Bronze Medal at the prestigious Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Kate Liu, an alumna of the Music Institute of Chicago, makes her first Chicago concert appearance on Saturday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in downtown Evanston. The concert, which the Music Institute is presenting in partnership with the Steinway Piano Galleries of Chicago, benefits the Emilio del Rosario Scholarship Fund for Young Pianists.
Liu will perform works by Chopin, including the Sonata No. 3 in B Minor and Mazurkas, Op. 56. In addition to the Bronze Medal, she also received the Mazurka Prize at the Competition. Later in 2016, Liu will embark upon an international concert tour, including Japan, Korea, Poland, Singapore, and Shanghai.
The 21-year-old Liu is from Winnetka, Illinois and attended New Trier High School. She studied at the Music Institute beginning in 2004 with the late Emilio del Rosario, then with Micah Yui and Alan Chow. She now studies with Robert McDonald at the Curtis Institute of Music. Kate Liu was a member of the inaugural class of the Academy, a special program at the Music Institute for gifted pre-college musicians. The Academy, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has consistently produced world-class classical musicians with significant performing careers, including violinist Ben Beilman, violist Matthew Lipman and cellist Gabriel Cabezas.
Regarding Kate Liu, Alan Chow, piano faculty at Northwestern University and the Music Institute of Chicago Academy program, commented, “Kate is an absolute joy to know and to teach... What sets her apart from other pianists of her generation are perhaps two things: first, her intensely personal desire to know more, to search for meaning and answers in her music—she is always thinking and is never easily satisfied. Second, it's her ability to express and communicate her emotions fully and completely in performance—she's ‘in the moment’ on stage. And when she performs, it's completely honest—no affectations of any kind. I think this combination of qualities is quite rare in someone her age. She is clearly on the verge of a wonderful performing career!”
Music Institute of Chicago
The Music Institute of Chicago is dedicated to transforming lives through music education. Founded in 1931, the Music Institute has grown to become one of the largest and most respected community music schools in the nation. Offering musical excellence built on the strength of its distinguished faculty, commitment to quality, and breadth of programs and services, the Music Institute is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Pre-collegiate Arts Schools (ACCPAS). Each year, the Music Institute’s teachers reach thousands of students of all ages and levels of experience. Music Institute locations include Chicago, Evanston, Winnetka, Lincolnshire, Lake Forest, and Downers Grove. In addition, the Music Institute is proud of its longstanding partnership with the Chicago Public Schools through its Arts Link program. The Music Institute offers lessons and classes, and concerts through its Community Music School, Academy, and Nichols Concert Hall.
The Music Institute of Chicago’s presentation of Kate Liu in concert takes place Saturday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. 


Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students, available at musicinst.org or 847.905.1500. All programming is subject to change. For more information, visit musicinst.org.  

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9:30 AM09:30

Asian American Coalition of Chicago 33rd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

Asian American Coalition of Chicago
33rd Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 E. Upper Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601

The 33rd annual Asian American Coalition of Chicago Lunar New Year Gala hosted by the Chinese Community.

Happy Lunar New Year! The 2016 AACC Gala will mark the beginning of the Year of the Monkey with the theme: “Envision. Enlighten. Empower.”

As millions of people around the world celebrate the Lunar New Year, Chicago will present an elaborate festive dinner celebration at the Hyatt Regency Chicago located at 151 E. Upper Wacker Drive. An extravagant Asian-themed menu along with a captivating program of local musical and various performances will entertain guests.

ABC-7's Linda Yu and Richard Lui of MSNBC will serve as emcees for the night.
Past celebrations have brought together more than 1,000 guests of Asian-American community leaders, dignitaries, elected officials, corporate sponsors and the City’s movers and shakers.

Tickets are available individually for $85, or $850 for a table of ten.

5:00 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Dinner and program
Valet parking is available for $26.

More info and tickets available at

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Contemporary Abstract Ink Paintings from China Opening
6:00 PM18:00

Contemporary Abstract Ink Paintings from China Opening

In Riotous Profusion-The New Possibilities of Ink Art is organized to have several phases, and this particular one at RHAA focuses on the experiments in ink abstraction. Due to the historical circumstance of ink art, it would be better not to try imposing the conventional art history and theory categorizing ink painting into waves and movements. In Riotous Profusion-The New Possibilities of Ink Art will present a group of individual artists with their personal approach to ink abstraction. It would be the quality of each work and its relevancy to the context of history of ink painting, also the reflections of each artist on current and historical ink practice that ultimately decide the value of ink art.

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