'China Night' gala welcomes Year of the Rabbit

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 | 5:01 p.m. CST; updated 5:01 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 20, 2011

COLUMBIA —  Columbia's Chinese New Year will be celebrated with a gala called “China Night."

The event, to be held in Jesse Auditorium, will feature traditional Chinese dances, a violin performance of  "Liang Zhu" - "Butterfly's Love" in English, folk songs, Peking Opera, fashion shows and more. The show includes about 15 performances and will last two hours.

The purpose is not only to celebrate the holiday, but also to promote Chinese culture in the community, according to MU student sponsors, who belong to the Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars.

The gala will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free to the public. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. It will also be streamed live online.

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