THE HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL IN NEW YORK
Saturday August 8 and Sunday August 9 2015

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HONG KONG DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL 2015 ENTERTAINMENT

SATURDAY, August 8, 2015

10:30 AM - 11:30 Chinese Music Ensemble of New York
Featuring the younger members, some in traditional costume, with solo performances on traditional instruments. Founded in 1961 this Ensemble is the oldest and only full Chinese orchestra in the United States and the Americas. Its present membership of nearly fifth musicians plays practically every type of Chinese music on Chinese instruments, both ancient and modern. In this performance a smaller ensemble plays a selection of their repertoire complete with drums and cymbals.. www.chinesemusic.org

11:30 - 12:30 Opening Ceremonies
Lions and Dragon Dancing Teams with Percussionists welcome all and, together with invited dignitaries, officially kick-off the 25th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York.

12:30 - 1:00 Selina Chau (www.selinachau.com)
A dance artist from Hong Kong, Selina Chau started professional ballet training at the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts and went on to dance with Hong Kong Ballet . As a coryphee dancer and choreographic apprentice of the company, Selina took on leading roles in the company's classical and contemporary repertoire, and also created original choreography for the company's classical production of Swan Lake.

Selina was granted the Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund full scholarship in 2008 to pursue her Master of Fine Arts degree at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, with a focus in choreography and pedagogy. Her dance work has been presented in cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Manila, Taipei, Hong Kong, Seoul and New York.

1:00 - 2:00 Jack Hsu's band Hsu-nami
An Esian-infused progressive rock band that blends the hauntingly versatile Er-Hu, a two-stringed Chinese violin, with American rock engineering.

2:00 - 3:00 Jane+Rob Lok
Rob Lok & Jane give a unique and memorable show experience filled with comic dance numbers, juggling, circus acts and classic physical comedy. Having performed in over 35 countries in venues all across the globe, Rob Lok & Jane understand the need for an engaging and thrilling performance that can be understood in any language!

ROB+JANE is a fast-paced interactive comedy of costume quick-change magic, dance, juggling and slapstick stunts. Understood in any language, They will leave their audience in stitches with their comic sight gags and visual humor.

3:00 - 3:30 Omny Taiko
Five drums plus bass resonates the mythological origin in Japanese folklore. Historical records suggest that Taiko were introduced to Japan through Korean and Chinese cultural influence as early as the 6th century CE.

3:30 - 4:30 Shaolin Masters
Warrior monks from the Shaolin Temple perform martial arts. In the history of the Shaolin Temple, founded in 495 AD, generation after generation of monk generals and soldiers protected the temples from wars and riots of society.



SUNDAY, August 9, 2015

10:00 - 11:00 FJ Music Fusion (www.fjmusicfusion.com)
FJ Music Fusion was founded by Feifei Yang and Jiaju Shen to revitalize traditional Chinese music and redefine traditional Chinese instruments. This duo of Chinese musicians is dedicated to bringing China's traditional music to contemporary audiences through modern interpretations of classical pieces and integration with other musical genres. Their collaborations to date have included works with pop music, rock bands, electronic music, vocalists, dance improvisation, and many others.

11:00-12:00 CASYM Steel Orchestra
An ensemble from the larger group of 90 members between ages of 7 - 21 bring the sounds of the Islands with the playing of the steel drums..

12:00 - 1:00 New York Chinese Cultural Center, Dance China NY
The resident company from America's premier traditional Chinese dance company, which includes international renowned artists, performs traditional and folk dances transporting audiences to a world of colorful myths, historical drama and timeless beauty.

1:00 - 2:00 Bailen (http://www.BailenTheBand.com)
Twins, a sister, and a friend. BAILEN is a homegrown family band. “"With twin harmonies to rival Simon and Garfunkel" (EW.com) and a bold, soulful female voice reminiscent of Amy Winehouse and Laura Nyro, BAILEN's sound pays homage to the past while redefining the new. They have toured extensively in the US and abroad, and recently sang at Madison Square Garden for the Knicks and Rangers. They are currently working on their debut album planned for release in 2015.

2:00 - 3:00 Giullari di Piazza Italian Folk Music & Dance Company
Tarantata and other Southern Music (http://www.alessandrabelloni.com) & Ritual Dances (http://www.youtube.com/alessandrabelloni)

3:00 - 4:00 Shaolin Masters
Warrior monks from the Shaolin Temple perform martial arts. In the history of the Shaolin Temple, founded in 495 AD, generation after generation of monk generals and soldiers protected the temples from wars and riots of society.

 
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