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Tiger musicians look to earn stripes; Preview Chinese New Year Concert Aberystwyth Arts Centre.

THE Chinese New Year will be celebrated at a performance in Wales.

A group of Chinese virtuosos are set to entertain audiences at Aberystwyth Arts Centre this month as part of a tour that also includes Birmingham and London dates.

Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is the most important Chinese holiday, and in 2010, the Year of the Lucky Tiger, it falls on February 14 - Valentine's Day here in the West.

The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese lunar calendar and ends on the 15th, known as the Lantern Festival.

The origin of Chinese New Year is centuries old and gains significance because of myths and traditions. Ancient Chinese New Year is a reflection on how people have behaved and what they believed in.

Musicians Dong Qui-Ming, Zhu Xiaomeng, Wang Wei-ping, Chen Da-can and Zhou Jin-yan will be in Aberystwyth to stage solo and ensemble performances of a selection of Chinese masterpieces.

The music is unique, and variations of rhythm, tone, ornamentation and composition are created and played with style and techniques refined over thousands of years.

This is a rare chance for Western audiences to see the playing of ancient instruments like the guzheng, pipa, erhu and bamboo flute, with the ensemble creating a harmonious atmosphere.

"The best of Chinese music is still largely undiscovered, though Chinese cuisine, circus and kung fu are widely recognised," says concert director Liu Li.

"These selected pieces, with a range of stylish compositions, offer an alluring introduction to Chinese music."

Before the concert, Aberystwyth Arts Centre are once again marking the Chinese New Year with a Chinese Fair.

The Chinese New Year Concert is at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on February 14 at 8pm, and the Chinese Fair runs from noon to 4pm. Tickets for the performance, priced pounds 18 (pounds 30 for two) and pounds 14 concessions, are available on 01970 623 232 or at www.aber.ac.uk/artscentre
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