One of the best traditions at Western Reserve Academy is making new ones. In recent years, one of the newer school traditions is gathering to celebrate Lunar New Year with an evening of special performances and delicious Chinese cuisine.
In a school so rich in culture, WRA students and faculty are forever finding opportunities to share and celebrate their customs and traditions. We cherish each moment to expand our students' and our own horizons, and to learn more about the places our community members call home.
This year, Lunar New Year will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17, with student performances beginning at 4 p.m. in the Knight Fine Arts Center. An authentic Chinese dinner for the WRA community will follow in the Green Key at 6 p.m.
This year's program will include Korean K-pop dances, Chinese folk songs and pop songs, traditional dances, live music, a performance on the Chinese stringed instrument, Er Hu, and more.
We salute the Mandarin Club members, the Korean Club members and the students in the Chinese program, who have spent many hours practicing and preparing for their performances — ensuring this celebration will be unforgettable.
Some of the student-performers had a special chance to practice before a live audience, prior to the Lunar New Year celebration. On Dec. 2, 2017, Mary Ning '19, Rain Wu '20, Coco Ma '20, Katie Ly '18, Roy Lee '18, and Minjoo Koo '19 participated in the 2nd Annual Confucius Institute Art Performance competition. All winning performances will be invited to perform at the 2018 grand Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday, Feb. 24, at Cleveland State University.
We invite all friends of the WRA community to join us in celebrating the Year of the Dog at the Lunar New Year celebration. And, on behalf of the school, we wish you a prosperous New Year.