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Norton Presents Eighth Annual Chinese Moon Festival

Sep 21, 2013 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Celebrating Chinese Art and Culture

Acclaimed Ann Yao Trio performs; Dan Parker leads LEGO®build

 The Norton Museum of Art hosts its Eighth Annual Chinese Moon Festival Celebration from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 with a variety of programs and activities that introduce the art and culture of China and engages visitors of all ages.  The afternoon will be filled with art projects, tours of the Museum, a concert by the Ann Yao Trio, and a return visit by Dan Parker, Certified LEGO® Professional. The Festival is free with Museum admission, but note that some programs have limited seating.

One of China’s most important holidays, the Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, brings family and friends together to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon and eat traditional festive moon cakes.  Steeped in tradition and legend, this centuries-old harvest celebration has become an annual all-ages event at the Norton, in recognition of the Museum’s remarkable collection of Chinese art.

“This celebration has become a wonderful kick-off to our season’s community programs” says Glenn Tomlinson, William Randolph Hearst Curator of Education.  “This year, thanks to Laurie Barnes, the Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art, we are featuring programs that highlight China’s great Qing dynasty (1644-1911) with music, art, and a special LEGO® building project for children.” The Festival focuses on the Qing dynasty because the Norton’s successful Masterpiece of the Month series continues on Sept. 17 with a rarely seen 18th-centurycourt portrait of a Chinese prince from that era.

This year’s Festival performers include the Ann Yao Trio, which delivered a memorable concert in 2011.  A graduate of the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Ms. Yao plays the zheng, a Chinese zither. She is joined by Wang Guowei, a composer and master of the erhu (a two-stringed fiddle), and Chen Yihan, master of the pipa (a four-stringed lute). The trio’s concert, Musical Traditions of the Qing Dynasty, beginsat 3 p.m. in the Museum Theater. Doors open and 2:15 p.m. Seating is limited.

Cilla Jacobson, of the Palm Beach County Library System, brings her unique skills as a storyteller to the Norton, retelling the story of the Jade Rabbit. Also, Certified LEGO® Professional Dan Parker returns to work with young audiences.  Ninety children, ages 7-12, will have the opportunity to join Parker in 30-minute sessions between 12:30 and 2 p.m. to re-create the Main Audience Hall from the Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuanmingyuan), which was the preferred residence of two 18th century emperors.


The Chinese Moon Festival Celebration schedule is as follows:



Noon – 3 PM                      Chinese Seal-Making Activity

                                                            Led by Marcy Koch in the Reynolds Classroom / All ages


Noon - 5 PM                       Lucky Animals Gallery Activity

                                                            Pick up your self-guide in the Lobby

Ticketed Workshop

12:30 – 2:30 PM                Imperial Building Workshop

Dan Parker, Certified LEGO ® Professional, works with children, ages 7-12, to build the Main Audience Hall from the Garden of Perfect Brightness  (Yuanmingyuan) at the Emperor’s Summer Palace.

3 30-minute LEGO ® building sessions: 12:30 PM, 1PM, and 1:30 PM. Seating is limited to 30 children per session.                                                       Limited free tickets available beginning at 12:00 noon


12:30-1:15 PM                   Journey to China

                                                            Tour with Barbara Dicker / Meet in Lobby / All ages

Masterpiece of the Month

1 – 1:30 PM                   Forever Twenty-One: Portrait of Yinli, Prince Guo, 1717

&                                             Led by Laurie Barnes, Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art

2 – 2:30 PM                             Meet in the Nessel Gallery, ground floor



2 – 2:30 PM                   Legend of the Jade Rabbit, and other Chinese Stories

                                                            Cilla Jacobson, Palm Beach County Library System,

                                                Under Dale Chihuly’s Persian Sea-Life Ceiling, Harris Pavilion


2 – 2:50 PM                 ArtVentures Tour: Museum Highlights

                                                Meet in lobby / all ages


3 - 4 PM                         Ann Yao Trio: Musical Traditions of the Qing Dynasty

Ms. Yao performs on the zheng (zither); she is joined by Wang Guowei, master of the erhu (a two-stringed fiddle), and  Chen Yihan, master of the pipa (4-strinted lute).

Theater / limited seating: first-come, first- served

                                                            Doors open at 2:15 PM


4 – 5 PM                   Tea and Moon Cakes

                                                            Private Dining Room and East Loggia


The Eighth Annual Moon Festival Celebration is made possible in part by the generous support of John and Heidi Niblack.

About the Norton Museum

The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida, and internationally known for its distinguished Permanent Collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. The Norton is located at 1451 S. Olive Ave. in West Palm Beach, FL., and  is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays and major Holidays). General admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for Members and children ages 12 and under.  Admission is half price every Thursday throughout the season from Sept. 19, 2013 through May 29, 2014.  Special group rates are available. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission every Saturday with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission the first Saturday of each month with proof of residency. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196, or visit www.norton.org.


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