October 8, 2002

Contact: Sarah Ray
Posted: October 8, 2002

MIDDLEBURY, VT - The Yeh Yu Chinese Opera Association of the greater New York area will present an evening of traditional Peking opera Friday, Oct.18, at 7 p.m. in Middlebury College McCullough Student Center on Old Chapel Road off South Main Street (Route 30). Subtitles will be provided. The event is free and open to the public.

Peking opera is a lavish spectacle incorporating voice, music, dance, martial arts, pantomime and acrobatics. Yeh Yu will perform excerpts from three traditional Peking operas: "The Three-forked Crossroads," "The Price of Hesitancy," and "The Broken Bridge."

The Yeh Yu Chinese Opera Association is a nonprofit artistic organization founded in 1958 by a handful of Peking opera artists in New York City. It has since grown to a membership of close to 100 and has a repertoire of more than 40 authentic traditional Peking operas, a full orchestra, and an extensive costume wardrobe. In 1997, Yeh Yu received a New York City Peoples Hall of Fame award for preserving Chinese opera and bringing it to the people of New York.

For more information, contact the Middlebury College office of public affairs at 802-443-5198.