'Sounds of China' performance lights up Binghamton University

By Josh Martin

August 15, 2014 Updated Aug 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University's Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera hosted 'Sounds of China,' a concert featuring students in grades six through 12.

The students presented their new Chinese language skills and Beijing opera technique Friday afternoon at the Anderson Center Chamber Hall on BU's campus.

The program was a three-week long summer camp where students were able to develop the fundamentals needed to converse in basic Chinese with teachers and classmates. They also learned many aspects of Beijing Opera.

"After this camp, they have a better sampling of the Chinese language and culture and I think they have a very strong interest in that. And so later they will keep studying in elementary school, middle school, high school or here when they get to college" said program director Zu-Yan Chen.

Many of the students had little to no background in Chinese before the camp. After the performance, students were rewarded with certificates for their achievements.

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