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What is CFAS up to this Chinese New Year?


Here is a summary of where you can find us this Chinese New Year Season and who our season partners are!
Don’t know much about Chinese New Year? Read about it here.

Sunday, February 15
Sounds of China: A Chinese New Year Celebration at Symphony Center
in collaboration with Symphony Center Presents

Thursday, February 19
Chinese New Year Day Celebration at the Cultural Center
in collaboration with Choose Chicago and
the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Saturday & Sunday, February 21 & 22
12:30 – 3:30PM
Check out their exclusive Chinese New Year offers!

Sunday, February 22
1:00 – 2:00PM
Fashion Outlets of Chicago
Check out their exclusive Chinese New Year offers!

Sunday, March 1
Neighborhoods of the World: Chinese New Year Celebration
in collaboration with Navy Pier

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Tickets on Sale for Sounds of China: A Chinese New Year Celebration

Update: If you missed the chance to purchase tickets for Sounds of China: A New Year Celebration, here’s another chance to get great seats at a discounted price! Through February 15, use the promotion code CFAS10% at checkout when purchasing online at or call 312-294-3000 and mention this special offer.

Here’s your chance to get some of the best seats in the house!  Through February 2, CFAS supporters have the opportunity to purchase tickets at a discounted price.  Include a $25 dollar donation with your purchase and receive access to a special VIP reception after the concert.

Dist_chinese_new_year[2]Ticket Options (price per ticket):

Box Seats*: $70.00
Main Floor (Front): $50.00
Lower Balcony: $50.00
Main Floor (Rear): $35.00
Gallery: $25.00

Tickets can be shipped or picked up at Symphony Center Will Call (the day of the concert).  To purchase your tickets, visit the CFAS Store.  For more information on Sounds of China and venue seating, click on the event page.

*Private boxes can be reserved in parties of 6 or 8.  There are a limited number of  boxes available and boxes will be sold on on a first come, first serve basis.


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CFAS will kick off Chinese New Year with Sounds of China: A Chinese New Year Celebration

In collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, CFAS will be kicking off Chinese New Year on February 15 with “Sounds of China: A New Year Celebration.”  The event will feature traditional celebratory works for the Chinese New Year, soloists from the National Chinese Traditional Orchestra, and works by Jiuyue Ma and other Chinese composers.

In celebration leading up to the event, CFAS Board President Julie Tiao Ma and world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma were honorary guests at a CSO reception on January 11 (see photos below).

CSO_ChineseNY030 CSO_ChineseNY049 CSO Chinese New Year Promo Event

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Year-End Message from our Managing Director

December 2014

Dear Friends,
It has been another fantastic and standout year for the Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS)!

From our critically-acclaimed “Five Elements” professional concert series, to appearances and events at the Logan Center, Preston Bradley Hall, Pritkzer Pavilion and Navy Pier, CFAS continues to bridge cultures by sharing the rich history and traditions of Chinese fine arts with all of Chicagoland.

Our success, however, would not have been possible without supporters like you!

This past year, in celebration of our 30th anniversary, Dr. George Tiao challenged us to match a goal of raising $30,000 in increased or new donations. Thanks to you, we exceeded our goal! While we celebrate this amazing achievement, we must also continue to look towards the future. So as we approach the start of a new calendar year, I am excited to announce the unveiling of the CFAS Annual Fund.

Each year, contributions to the Annual Fund will help ensure we are able to carry on the legacy and vision of our founding members. What started out nearly 31 years ago as a small concert to introduce students to Chinese music, has amazingly blossomed into an annual young artists competition with close to 200 participants, professional concerts featuring some of the nation’s best musicians and composers, events at some of Chicago’s most prestigious venues, two international composition competitions, and more. Just think of how much more we can do in the next 31 years!

In celebration of our new Annual Fund, Dr. George Tiao has once again challenged us to match all new and increased donations. But this time not by $30,000, but by $40,000! Will you help us reach this goal? Any donations received before the end of the year and until September 2015 will count!

2015 will bring many exciting new partnerships and collaborations, especially around the Chinese New Year season in February. Be on the lookout for detailed information regarding these events in early January, or check our website for full calendar listings.

On behalf of the CFAS Board and Staff, I wish you and your family a very safe and happy holiday season and New Year. See you in 2015!


Signature - LCM

Lesley Chen McCool
Managing Director
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