Who We AreFounded in 1984, The Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS) is the leading champion of Chinese arts and culture in Chicago – from traditional to contemporary. Our core programming consists of three general areas: Professional Concerts, Young Artist Development and Community Engagement. This year marks the 30th anniversary of CFAS since its founding by Barbara Tiao. For more information, please see our History page.
Upcoming Chinese Fine Arts Society EventsApr27Sun20142:00 pm Five Elements Project: Water (Series Premiere!) @ Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts University of ChicagoFive Elements Project: Water (Se… @ Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts University of ChicagoApr 27 @ 2:00 pmGet tickets to the event here!May18Sun20143:00 pm Five Elements Project: Earth and Wood @ Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural CenterFive Elements Project: Earth and… @ Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural CenterMay 18 @ 3:00 pmAug10Sun20146:30 pm Five Elements Project: Fire and Metal @ Pritzker PavilionFive Elements Project: Fire and … @ Pritzker PavilionAug 10 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pmNov14Fri20147:30 pm Five Elements Project: Season Finale @ Nichols Concert HallFive Elements Project: Season Fi… @ Nichols Concert HallNov 14 @ 7:30 pm
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Other Chinese EventsMay2Fri20147:30 pm Shanghai Quartet at the Logan Center @ Logan Center for the ArtsShanghai Quartet at the Logan Ce… @ Logan Center for the ArtsMay 2 @ 7:30 pmMay10Sat2014May18Sun20146:00 pm Building Bridges: Past, Present and Future @ Cai RestaurantBuilding Bridges: Past, Present … @ Cai RestaurantMay 18 @ 6:00 pm
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Get your tickets for Five Elements Project: Water here at the University of Chicago Box Office!
2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Chinese Fine Arts Society. In honor of such an occasion, the Chinese Fine Arts Society presents the Five Elements Project. The five elements: metal, wood, water, fire, and earth are used in Chinese philosophy, art, and science to describe natural phenomena. Inspired by our late founder Barbara Tiao, who many considered to be a “force of nature,” the Chinese Fine Arts Society’s Five Elements Project is a yearlong celebration of concerts, lectures, and events inspired by these elements. This ancient concept provides a rich platform to broaden knowledge of Chinese culture and pave the way for further exploration of our 5000 year old artistic heritage.
Five Elements Project: Water (Season Opener!)
April 27th, 2014 at 3-4 pm
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts University of Chicago
915 E 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Get your tickets here at the University of Chicago Box Office! Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for regular admission, and $50 for VIP seats and a cocktail reception right after the concert!
Five Elements Project: Earth and Wood
May 18th, 2014 at 3 pm
Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Five Elements Project: Fire and Metal
August 10th at 6:30 pm
Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park
201 E Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Five Elements Project: Season Finale
November 14th at 7:30 pm
Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201
The Chinese Fine Arts Society celebrated the 2014 Lunar New Year, Year of the Horse at the Richard J. Daley Center and Navy Pier. Our events featured performances by lion dancers, martial artists, traditional Chinese instrumentalists, and dance troupes. Our Navy Pier event also featured crafts and a marketplace, where guests could browse a diverse range of Chinese goods. Check out pictures from the events below. All photos are available for download by right clicking on the image.
On Thursday, February 6th, the Chinese Fine Arts Society in partnership with Deloitte and Pagoda Red hosted a cocktail reception to ring in the Year of the Horse. The event took place at Pagoda Red and featured music on the guzheng from Yen Xu, performances from CCCI lion dancers, martial artist Sean Quan, dancers Amy Xie and Dollie Diaz, and winning cellist from our annual Music Festival in Honor of Confucius, Ifetayo Ali. Photos are available for download by right clicking on the image or on our Facebook. To learn more about our 30 x 30 Challenge and how to support us, please visit the following page.
Didn’t catch us on the news in celebration of Chinese New Year this past weekend? Don’t sweat it because we’ve compiled a list of our media appearances for you below.
Watch Julie Tiao Ma at the Peninsula Hotel on CBS Chicago, January 31, 2014:
Don’t forget about coverage of our Chinese New Year Kickoff Celebration at the Daley Center on CBS and WGN, January 31, 2014:
According to the lunar calendar, Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival, falls on January 31st this year and extends for two weeks. One of the most popular aspects of Chinese New Year is the twelve zodiac animals. The year 2014 corresponds to the Year of the Horse. To learn more about the mythology behind the twelve zodiac animals and traditional customs for the new year, click here.
In honor of the new year, the Chinese Fine Arts Society will be hosting a variety of programs throughout the Chicago area. Come join us in celebration of the year of the horse!
Chinese New Year Kickoff Celebration
Richard E. Daley Center
January 31 from 12 pm – 1 pm
50 W Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Chinese New Year Lantern Celebration
Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens
February 16 from 12 pm – 3 pm
Chicago, IL 60611
Thanks to all, we had a highly successful 29th annual MFHC Winners Concert! We’d like to sincerely congratulate all performers on their incredible accomplishment and thank parents and teachers for their ongoing support. Not least, thanks to all old and new CFAS supporters for their attendance at the concert. Pictures from the event are now available on our Facebook page. Take a look and don’t hesitate to add your own!
Our next events will be in celebration of the 2014 Chinese New Year, year of the horse. Please check our calendar to the right of our webpage for more information! We hope to see you there.
2013 Music Festival in Honor of Confucius Winners Concert
3:00pm – 5:00pm
Preston Bradley Hall
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602
The Chinese Fine Arts Society would like to remind all participants, their family and teachers, as well as our supporters of the upcoming 2013 MFHC Winners Concert. We’d like to congratulate all participants on their hard work and the concert will be a wonderful opportunity for first place winners to showcase their achievement.
Come join us for an afternoon of music!