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Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota鈥?

Dear Chinese Language Teachers,

Greetings from the newly established Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota! The University of Minnesota will open the state's first Confucius Institute on September 19. President Bruininks, state and University officials, Chinese representatives, and invited guests will be on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony. Once opened, the Confucius Institute will work on programming and initiatives to support you in several ways.

In the next year, the Confucius Institute will:
路 Work with University and community experts to create professional development opportunities for teachers.
路 Provide a Chinese Language Resource Library with more than 2000 titles of language, culture and reference books, DVDs, CDs, other materials
路 Collaborate with the Minnesota Department of Education and the Hanban to bring Chinese language teachers to Minnesota.
路 Work with the school districts and school administrators to create Chinese language programs and school exchanges with K-12 schools in China.
路 Bring Chinese language and cultural programming to greater Minnesota through the University's coordinated campus system.
路 Provide Chinese language and cultural programming for the greater Minnesota community.

There is much more to come艩 so keep your eyes open!

I am sure that all of you are busy preparing for the start of the school year, but I would like to share a wonderful cultural program with you and your students. Following the opening, the Confucius Institute will present a spectacular Chinese music and cultural performance, Jiangsu Silk and Bamboo Performing Arts Troupe on Sunday, September 21, 2008 at the Ted Mann Concert Hall at 7:00 p.m.

This 25-member troupe from the Jiangsu Performing Arts Company will feature 13 instrumentalists, two vocalists, two dancers, two acrobats, three Beijing Opera actors and actress, and 1 puppet show actress. The Jiangsu Performing Arts Company is one of the largest performing companies of China. The troupe's lead performer is renowned Erhu player and composer Changyao Zhu. Zhu is an Erhu maestro, composer, and national first-class artist. Zhu has been hailed as "national treasure of the world" and "one of the world's most excellent players of stringed instruments" and has visited many countries to give performances.

This will be rare opportunity for your students to see a great variety of Chinese performance arts in one program; they will present programs featuring traditional Chinese instrumental and vocal music, folk dance, magic, puppet show, acrobatics and excerpts from the most famous Beijing Opera classics. It is packed full of stunning and beautiful performances that will delight audiences of all ages.

Please find a concert announcement at http://tinyurl.com/confuciusconcert. Please contact us if you would like additional flyers or postcards sent to you. The concert will be held at Ted Mann Concert Hall at 2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, Sunday, September 21, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $28, with discounts available for groups larger than eight. Call the Confucius Institute at (612) 625-5080 for more information.

The Confucius Institute is located at the University International Center at 331-17th Ave SE in Minneapolis.

Joan A. Brzezinski
Acting Director, Confucius Institute
Assistant Director, China Center
University of Minnesota
160 University International Center
331 17th Ave S.E.Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-625-5080
Fax: 612-625-5185

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