That’s right, the annual sacrifice ceremony for Confucius is held on September 28, Confucius’ birthday.
祭孔大典The Great Confucius Memorial Ceremony
Many people are coming to see the ceremony to commemorate Confucius birthday
That’s because people are interested in watching ancient Chinese ceremonies
Are music and dance performed at the ceremony?
Yes, an ancient Chinese dance called the Ba Yi Dance will be performed
Is Confucius highly respected?
Yes, Confucius thought has had a extremely deep influence on Chinese culture. He has been called the Socrates of the east.
What are the most important aspects of Confucian thought?
I would say that would be “loyalty” “forgiveness” benevolence” and love.
國樂Chinese Classical Music
Would you please give us an instruction to the Chinese musical instruments?
OK, let me start with some of the frequently used instruments. This is a guzheng and that is a pipa.
Are there any percussion instruments used in Chinese music?
Of course. Congs and drums are always played during the dragon and lion dances.
I saw somebody playing a bamboo flute that plays beautifully music.
竹子和簫都是用竹管做成的。 不過笛子是橫吹的， 簫是直吹的。
Horizontal flute and a vertical flute are both bamboo flutes. However horizontal flute is played horizontally, and a vertical flute is played vertically.
Do horizontal flute and a vertical flute song alike?
聽音樂會 A Concert
The poster for this concert is beautifully printed.
The concert is going to be spectacular. Even without the poster, the audience will still be large.
I bought a cup of the program. Would you like to take a look?
Yes! All the pieces that will be played today are my favorites.
Besides classical music, do you listen to pop music very often?
I like them both.
Let’s perform a duet someday. You can play a piano and I will play my violin.
You play much better than I do. I do better start practicing more.
王偉：您好，請問芳芳在嗎？Hello is Fang-Fang there?
芳芳：我就是。 請問您是哪位？ This is Fang-Fang speaking. May I ask who is calling?
王偉：我是王偉。 明晚一起去聽音樂會好嗎？This is Wang Wei. Are you interested in going to our concert?
芳芳：有哪些曲目呢？ What kind of music will there be?
王偉：都是貝多芬和巴哈的作品。 all Beethoven and Bach.
芳芳：是鋼琴獨奏，還是管弦樂團的演奏呢？ Is it a piano recital or a performance by an orchestra?
王偉：是紐約愛樂交響樂團的演奏。It’s performed by the New York Philharmonic Symphony orchestra.
You are really something! I wasn’t able to get a ticket even after lined up for hours.
王偉：我運氣好。 明天晚上六點音樂廳見。I had good luck. See you tomorrow six p.m. at the concert hall.
芳芳：好，聽完音樂會，我請你喝咖啡。Great! I will treat you a cup of coffee after the concert.
在練習畫畫嗎？Are you practicing your painting
才上了幾次課， 還在練習執筆呢？I’ve only had a few lessons, I am still practicing how to hold the brush
這個像梅花花瓣的碟子是做什麼的？What is the plum flower petal dish for?
這是調顏色用的， 這個是筆洗， 那個是硯台。That is for mixed color pigments. That one is for cleaning the brushes. that one is an inkstone.
初學國畫要先練習什麼呢？What do you practice first in traditional Chinese painting?
要學筆法，再臨摹畫冊。We start by learning how to make the strokes correctly. then we make the copies from picture albums.
我可以去旁聽你們的課嗎？May I go with you and sit in on you across?
好哇！ 你可以來看看老師的教學示範。Sure! you can come and watch the instructor give this demonstration.
你教我畫國畫好不好？Would you please teach me how to do traditional Chinese painting？
我哪裡有資格教人畫畫啊！I am not qualified to teach anyone to paint。 why can you teach me?
你對國畫那麼有研究，怎麼不能教呢？You know so much about traditional Chinese painting.
我雖然愛畫國畫，可是沒有教畫的經驗。Although I like to be to do traditional Chinese painting I have no experience in teaching panting
你太謙虛了，只要你肯教，我一定會用心學。You are too modest I will study diligently if you agree to teach me
那我就試試看。 你想學花鳥還是人物呢？Well, I will give it a try. Would you like to paint flowers and birds. or portraits?
我對國畫外行，一切聽您的。I am novice I will do whatever you say
Specific theoretical knowledge is needed to learning traditional Chinese painting. I suggest that you read this book on Chinese art history before we start our class.