BlackRock Center for the Arts celebrated the Year of the Rooster during the opening of Lunar New Year on January 28, 2017 from 11am to 3pm.
In its mission to foster diversity, BlackRock celebrated Lunar New Year with various activities and performances. Activities highlighted the many cultures that celebrate Lunar New Year. In the Lobby, Nellie Chao, Chinese calligrapher, wrote out names and blessings for event attendees. In the Dance Studio, BlackRock engaged families with hands-on activities like crafting rooster and dragon masks and also scroll brush painting as well as calligraphy.
Great artists from the area represented all the different cultures in a very compelling way. Moy Yat Ving Tsun Athletics Association demonstrated strength and talent through Martial Arts in the Studio Theater while, on the Mainstage, the Chinese Culture and Community Center’s Gu-Zheng Club performed Chinese Gu-Zheng Zither Music which filled the auditorium with beauty and peace.
People were wowed to see Myoung -Won Kwon demonstrating Korean Calligraphy on a large scroll of paper. The audience reaction was one that was grateful for such talent that was brought to Germantown, Maryland.
In the afternoon, guests were treated to a very special performance from some of BlackRock’s own piano students. Under the direction of BlackRock’s piano instructor Barbara Kober, Jonathan Nalikka, Hailey Sebastian, and Bethany Fuss wowed the audience playing pieces from local composer Li-Ly Chang. Ms. Chang shared stories of her childhood which inspired her to write each piece of music. Following the performances by our students, Ms. Chang then took to the piano to perform an original piece of music. It was so exciting to see our wonderful students work with such a talented local composer.
The BlackRock staff feels that they are really to lucky to be a part of the Upper Montgomery County that has such a largely diverse community that appreciates the cultures and art of the world.
Check out the fun photos from Lunar New Year at BlackRock and hope to see you all here next year: