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 EventsSep12Fri2014Oct19Sun20149:00 am 30th Annual MFHC Competition @ Merit School of Music30th Annual MFHC Competition @ Merit School of MusicOct 19 @ 9:00 amNov14Fri20147:30 pm Five Elements Project: Season Fi... @ Nichols Concert HallFive Elements Project: Season Fi... @ Nichols Concert HallNov 14 @ 7:30 pmNov23Sun20143:00 pm 30th Annual MFHC Winners Concert @ Merit School of Music30th Annual MFHC Winners Concert @ Merit School of MusicNov 23 @ 3:00 pm
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Inspired by the Legend of Chang’e, the Goddess on the Moon, the Autumn Moon Festival is the second grandest holiday with the Chinese diaspora after the Lunar New Year. On the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, families and loved ones come together to enjoy the harvest and to celebrate the moon, a symbol of unity. In honor of this occasion, the Chinese Fine Arts Society is proud to host the first Autumn Moon Festival Gala. Feast upon a ten course banquet by master chef Tony Hu while the Legend of Chang’e is brought to life through dance and martial arts. Bid on auction items nestled amidst the exquisite Chinese decor of Pagoda Red and take a spin on the dance floor!
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30th Annual Music Festival in Honor of Confucius
Registration is open for the Chinese Fine Arts Society’s annual Music Festival in Honor of Confucius Competitions! For more information and to register, please see our MFHC pages.
The Music Festival in Honor of Confucius introduces participants to the rich heritage of Chinese music through instrumental and vocal competitions and scholarship opportunities. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Confucius Competitions as the Chinese Fine Arts Society also celebrates its 30th anniversary. All competitions are held at the Merit School of Music, (38 S. Peoria Street) on Sunday, October 19 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The top scoring performers in each age category play in an annual Winners Concert at Gottlieb Hall in the Merit School of Music (38 S. Peoria Street) on Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 pm.
From a storefront operation at its inception in 1984, attracting just a handful of participants, the Music Festival in Honor of Confucius Competitions have become a popular annual musical event for musicians of all ages in Chicago. Music teachers welcome it; young musicians look forward to participating in it; the packed audience at the Winners Concerts enjoy and appreciate it. Competition alumni have gone on to attend music conservatories and many have developed successful professional music careers. Rachel Barton Pine, Conrad Tao and Claude Sim are all past Confucius Competition winners.
We want to hear from you!
Are you a teacher, parent, or alumni of MFHC? We want to hear YOUR stories! Send a short paragraph of your experiences, anecdotes, or just plain thoughts to email@example.com. We look forward to strengthening the legacy this year at the 30th annual MFHC with your voice and many others to come!
Five Elements Project: Season Finale
November 14th at 7:30 pm
Nichols Concert Hall at the Music Institute of Chicago
As you wait for the final installment of Five Elements, download a copy of the Fire and Metal program and check out pictures from the event below!
The “Fire and Metal” concert is part of CFAS’ third annual Rhythms of China concerts at Millennium Park and will feature the World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long’s “Fire” and “Metal” movements of Five Elements for Chamber, a CFAS original commission. Vivid and striking, the program is distinguished by the birdcalls of the suona, a woodwind instrument rarely seen in action outside of Asia and performed by world renowned multi-instrumentalist Yazhi Guo. Additional performers include Fifth House Ensemble, pipa player and Silk Road Ensemble member Yang Wei, erhu player Tao He, guzheng player Yuqi Deng, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Qing Hou and pianist Amy Briggs.