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“Chinese New Year Celebration 2020” with Duncan McFarland

When: Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • 2nd fl. • Boston

Come celebrate the Chinese New Year with us. Learn about traditional Chinese culture; their accomplishments and challenges. A report of about environment policies will be presented. A better understanding of rising China is critical in today’s world and building personal relationships between us is imperative, especially as tensions increase between the governments.

Moderator: Ellen Mass

Speakers: Mary Klug, Duncan McFarland, Emily Dongiation

Mary Klug will describe her work with the Chinese people in several Chinese cities as a facilitator for the Pachamama Alliance, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco.

Duncan McFarland will present a brief overview of China's environmental policy. Duncan has visited China many times with the US-China Peoples Friendship Association. He is coordinator of the China Study Group at the Center for Marxist Education, Cambridge.

Ellen Mass is a retired high school teacher who currently heads an environmental non-profit that advocates for conservation of the Alewife area in Cambridge.


music by Zhantao Lin

Zhantao Lin, an Erhu Society member of the Chinese Musicians Association, is a professional musician and music educator from China. He has been an Erhu professor at the Guanxi Arts Institute and is a board member of the Chinese professional Erhu player's guild in China. Mr. Lin has performed broadly in the New England Area including Harvard University, MIT, Peabody Essex Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Children's Museum and Lincoln Center of New York, etc. He also joined Yo yo Ma in his Silk Road Project exchange program.May,09,2015 joined  the Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra perform "Charge of the War Horses"; Feb,04-11 ,2017 he joined the concerts of orchestra Palaver Strings, played traditional Chinese folk songs. September 14,2018 he Join the University of Southern Maine School of Music for the opening concert of both the season and the Faculty Concert Series. In 2019 he was awarded the title, Blodgett visiting artist by the Harvard's Music Department.

The erhu (Chinese: 二胡; pinyin: èrhú; [aɻ˥˩xu˧˥]), is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, more specifically a spike fiddle, which may also be called a Southern Fiddle, and sometimes known in the Western world as the Chinese violin or a Chinese two-stringed fiddle.   

Join us for refreshments after the program.


All Programs are held on the second floor in the Lothrop Auditorium.

Small elevator, wheelchair accessible.

CCB is located near the Orange line-Back Bay or the Green line-Copley T Stops.
On Street Parking and at Back Bay Parking Garage, 199 Clarendon Street.
Discount Vouchers available for parking in the garage.

Community Church of Boston is located at
565 Boylston Street, 2nd fl., Boston, MA 02116

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