She’ll gentle up the Lantern Competition

Lunar New Yr festivities have simply begun, however make sure you save the date for the Lantern Competition, which marks the ultimate day of the two-week celebration.

The lantern lighting custom, which could be traced again 2,000 years, is a method for individuals to “let go of the burdens of their outdated selves and categorical their finest needs for each themselves and their households for the long run.”

This yr, the South Coast Chinese language Cultural Middle in Irvine is partnering with the Pacific Symphony to host a family-friendly Lantern Competition on Feb. 26. Floating lanterns will remodel the foyer of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Live performance Corridor in Costa Mesa. There might be meals, artwork, dance and music.

Emily Chien is among the many performers. The Irvine mom might be taking part in with the South Coast Chinese language Orchestra.

Chien, 53, got here to America from Taiwan when she was 13. She raised her two sons within the Oak Creek neighborhood.

It wasn’t till her dad died in 2015 that she determined it was time to do a few of the issues she at all times needed to do however stored pushing aside – like taking part in the cello.

So she started taking cello courses on the South Coast Chinese language Cultural Middle in Irvine.

Chien is now a member of the middle’s South Coast Chinese language Orchestra, whose mission is “to current a vivid and modern side” of conventional Chinese language music. She performs the cello in addition to the guzheng, a Chinese language plucking instrument just like the zither.

“What I like most in regards to the orchestra is that we’ve got some individuals who have been taking part in perpetually, after which individuals like me who’ve been taking part in for 5 years,” Chien says.

Along with various ability ranges, members’ ages are everywhere in the map, from elementary college youngsters to seniors of their 70s.

“We’re like a giant household,” Chien says. “We’re not excellent, however we simply take pleasure in taking part in music collectively.”

The orchestra has been working towards for the Lantern Competition each Wednesday evening on the heart’s Irvine campus. Members will carry out a half-dozen songs, starting from conventional Chinese language to a chunk from “Recreation of Thrones.”

The conductor of the South Coast Chinese language Orchestra is He Bin, who has recorded music for each Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland, in addition to video video games and flicks.

Tickets for the Lantern Competition are free however should be reserved. Go to: for info.

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