Lunar New Year Celebration

Yang Wei
Yang Wei

Jan. 20, 2017  

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University will welcome the year of the Rooster with the University’s annual Lunar New Year celebration on Jan. 29. The popular event features live entertainment and samplings of Pan-Asian cuisine.

Pipa player Yang Wei will be the featured performer. Since 2000, Wei has toured globally and collaborated with cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, a musical collective of performers, composers and artists from Eurasian cultures. Wei has appeared on “Good Morning America” and other TV programs with the Silk Road Project. In the United States, he has performed at the Ravinia International Music Festival, the Kimmel Center, the Lincoln Center and the Chicago Symphony Center. In addition, he has served as Artist-in-Residence for the Art Institute of Chicago. A native of China, Wei has made his home in Chicago since 1996.

Illinois Wesleyan students will also perform along with other local entertainers and children from the Mandarin language class at Thomas Metcalf School in Normal.

The celebration is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Memorial Center’s Young Main Lounge. Admission is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the Asian Studies program and the registered student organizations of Chinese Culture & Communication Club, Korean Culture Club, Cross-Cultural Connections and the Asian Pacific Student Association.