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New York – Asia Society and Museum’s Norouz

asia-societySaturday March 6, 2010
725 Park Avenue 1-4PM

Celebrate Norouz with Persian music and dance by children’s dance group J-Hoon Music Ensemble, stories from the great Persian epic Shahnameh, folk music from Kyrgyzstan, and arts and crafts inspired by symbols of spring and good luck.

Spring into Norouz: Celebrate the Persian New Year!
Schedule of Events

1:00 – 1:45 pm
Rose Conference Hall: 8th Floor
J- Hoon Music Ensemble Performs Classical Kurdish Music and Dance

The members of the J-Hoon Musical Ensemble will celebrate the arrival of spring and the festival of Norouz by performing classical Kurdish songs and dance that represent the vibrant and joyous culture of the Kurds of Western Iran.

2:00 – 2:30 pm
Rose Conference Hall: 8th Floor
Iranian storyteller Kamran Bayagan tells stories from the Shahnameh

Written by the Persian poet Ferdowsi around the year 1000 CE, the Shahnameh recounts the mythical and historical past of Persia and is considered the national epic of the Persian-speaking world. During this performance, you will hear stories about Rostam, the great hero of Shahnameh, and the Seven Quests (Haft Khan-e Rostam) along his journey to save the great king, Key-Kavus.

3:00 – 3:30 pm
Rose Conference Hall: 8th Floor
Folk Music from Kyrgyzstan on Cello and Kumoz

Enjoy a lively presentation of folk music with musician Nurmira Greenberg. Nurmira will introduce young audiences to the sounds of Kyrgyzstan and the kumoz, the national instrument of Kyrgyzstan.

1:00 – 4:00 pm
Rose Conference Hall: 8th Floor
Ongoing Activities

* Create a Persian miniature with artist Alisha Mernick. Use symbols of spring and Persian calligraphy to complete your miniature.
* Discover the meaning of the Haft-Seen table.
* Grow your own sabzeh, or “spring sprouts,” as a symbol of the New Year.
* Persian calligraphy activity.

Free with gallery admission. Under 16 free.

Asia Society and Museum
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212-288-6400
Fax: 212-517-8315

Asia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of the United States and Asia. We seek to increase knowledge and enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of arts and culture, policy and business, and education.