Miami residents searching for exposure to authentic Chinese music need look no further than Miami Dade College. The College’s Confucius Institute co-hosted two performances by China’s Tianjin Chinese Traditional Orchestra, part of the Institute’s annual celebration of the Harvest Moon Festival. The festival – the most widely celebrated holiday in China aside from Chinese New Year – occurs on a full moon every autumn and, in years past, celebrated the completion of a successful harvest. In modern China, families mark the holiday with brightly lit paper lanterns, sharing a large meal and exchanging homemade mooncakes, a traditional pastry. The 23-member Tianjin orchestra performed live shows at MDC, North Campus and the Julius Littman Performing Arts Center in North Miami Beach during their stop in Miami, part of a four-city tour of the United States. The renowned musical ensemble, founded in 1953, is one of the top orchestras in China and has been invited to perform in more than 30 countries across the globe. – AP
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