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Registration Opens for 30th Annual Music Festival in Honor of Confucius

Registration opens today 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 We look forward to strengthening the legacy this year at the 30th annual MFHC with your voice and many others to come!

The Five Elements Project: Fire and Metal on August 10th


We’d like to extend many thanks to everyone who attended the Five Elements: Earth & Wood concert on Sunday, May 18th! It was a great event and we hope you all had as much fun as we did. The next installment of our Five Elements concert series, Fire & Metal, will be August 10th at 6:00 pm at the majestic Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Part of the annual Rhythms of China concert series at Millennium Park, the third installment in the year-long series Forces of Nature: The Five Elements Project, a searing musical journey through contemporary and traditional Chinese music, is influenced by the elements of fire and metal.  The Five Elements Project: Fire and Metal will feature the World Premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long‘s “Fire” and “Metal” movements of his Five Elements for Chamber, a CFAS original commission for the year-long Five Elements Project.  Guest artists for the concert include Fifth House Ensemble, pipa instrumentalist and Silk Road Ensemble member Yang Weisuona player Yazhi Guo, erhu player Tao He, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra violinist Qing Hou and pianist Amy Briggs.  The “Fire and Metal” concert is presented at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion of Millennium Park on Sunday, August 10 at 6:00 pm.  The concert is free and no tickets are required.

However, a donation of $25 towards the concert will ensure you a ticket to a VIP seat and a gift box, filled with surprise goodies. To support the Chinese Fine Arts Society in our 30th anniversary, please make a donation through our CFAS web-store. As always, the Chinese Fine Arts Society is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the law.

 Five Elements Project: Fire and Metal
August 10th at 6:00 pm
Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park
201 E Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601

The Chinese Fine Arts Society is proud to be a partner in Millennium Park’s 10th Anniversary Summer Celebrations, which will feature hundreds of FREE events and exhibitions including new, monumental sculptures by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, designer of Crown Fountain; indie rock, electronica, jazz, classical and world music; films, simulcasts and documentaries shown on an outdoor, 40-foot LED screen; family activities; workouts and more.


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 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

In the meantime, relive the first two installments of the Five Elements Project with pictures from the concert. Pictures are available for download by right-clicking on the image. For hi-res images and/or additional photos please contact us!

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Welcome to the Year of the Horse

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.

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Year of the Horse Reception at Pagoda Red

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.

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Year of the Horse

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:
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Join CFAS in Celebrating the Year of the Horse

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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
Mezzanine Level
Chicago, IL 60611

Year of the Horse

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Thanks to All for a Successful MFHC Winners Concert!

ConfuciusThanks 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.

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Mark Your Calendars: 2013 MFHC Winners Concert this Sunday!


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!

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