WMCI holds a number of various performances throughout the year, inviting local talents as well as famous groups from around the globe to display cultural spectacles for the W&M community. Music, song, dance, and more present the audience with breathtaking performances that spread enjoyment of Chinese culture.
- Erhu Solo Concert
- On September 22, volunteer teacher Xiaolu Ma performed for the William and Mary community. She was accompanied by William and Mary sophomore Patti O'Meara on the piano and Chinese folk singer Yali Guo. The audience was dazzled by the performers' exceptional talent and the beauty of the music.
- Jesse Appell Comedic Peformance.
- On February 11th, Jesse Appell, a fulbright scholar and intercultural comedian, gave a performance in the Tucker theatre on the traditional Chinese comedic art of xiangsheng, his personal experiences studying and living as a comedian in China, and his opinion on how to cross the cultural divide.
- Pipa Solo Concert
- On July 15th, volunteer teacher Mengxia Zhang played six songs on the pipa for a very appreciative crowd in the Ewell Recital Hall. About 50 people were in attendance. On the final song, Beijing Normal University visiting professor Xiaomei Bu joined Mengxia on stage and played her erhu.
- Martial Arts Performance
- On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, the WMCI hosted a Chinese Martial Arts Performance at the Kimball Theatre. The Tianjin University of Technology's award winning, internationally renown martial arts team choreographed and performed the show, which consisted of martial arts, gymnastics, and weapon routines set to heart-pounding music.
- Erhu Solo Concert
- On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the WMCI hosted an Erhu Solo Concert with Volunteer Teacher Feng Wang to celebrate worldwide Confucius Institute Day. Wang's erhu was accompanied by a guzheng, a piano, and a violin. The group performed the songs "Ripened Grapes", "Spring in the South of the Yanghtzee River", and "New herdsmen in the Grasslands".
- The Music of China and Brazil Spring Concert
- On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 the William and Mary Confucius Institute and the Brazilian Music Ensemble teamed up to bring a great concert to the College. The concert included three Chinese musicians as well as the Brazilian Music Ensemble. Songs such as "River Blossoms on a Moonlit Night," "Ripened Grapes," and "Jasmine Blossoms," were played on the pipa, erhu, and guzheng, respectively, for the Chinese portion of the program.
- Celadon Ou Music Concert
- On October 18, 2014, the Celadon Ou Music Troupe came all the way from Cixi, China to perform at Kimball Theatre. Instead of using usual instruments, the music is played with ou, celadon bowls and kitchenware, from the famous Yue Kilns. Free and open to the public, this concert provided the W&M community with a tradition that began during the Tang Dynasty in the 8th century.
- Pipa Solo Concert
WMCI’s own Zhiting Liu performed a pipa solo concert at Williamsburg Public Library Theatre on September 26, 2014. The audience was astounded by her talents on the traditional instrument pipa. This show, free and open to the public, was a great chance for the W&M community to enjoy the beautiful sounds of Chinese culture.
- On April 19th, WMCI participated in the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies' Music Festival. WMCI volunteers demonstrated various Chinese arts such as paper cutting and calligraphy. Meanwhile, audience members enjoyed performances by Anna Yuan on the guzheng and famous folk singer Yali Guo reprising her outstanding performance from the previous month's Traditional Chinese Music Concert. WMCI was grateful for this opportunity to share Chinese culture with so many interested attendees.
- Traditional Chinese Music Concert
- WMCI presented its first concert of Chinese traditional and folk music on March 21st. The performance featured the unique talents of WM student Anna Yuan on the guzheng, WMCI volunteer Zhiting Liu on the pipa, and award-winning folksong singer Yali Guo. Each musician performed a solo as well as combining their melodious sounds to produce poignant pieces like the sad romantic song, "Longing in Vain". This was a special opportunity for the W&M and Williamsburg community to appreciate China's rich culture of traditional music.
- Chinese Dance Gala
- On March 28th, WMCI held a dance gala at Kimball Theater in Colonial Williamsburg. The show featured a diverse arrangement of performances from the folk dances of China's ethnic minorities, to rhythmic gymnastics, to Chinese pop songs, and even an original play by WM student Sara Rock. Performers ranged from WM students, to members of a local Chinese school, to the featured guest of the night, an award-winning contemporary Chinese dancer named Zhang Sun. The community thoroughly enjoyed this broad sample of Chinese dance, music, and other art.
Marking WMCI’s first Mid-Autumn celebration at the College, the Student Performing Arts Troupe from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC), a W&M sister school, performed at Kimball Theatre on September 30, 2012. The UESTC students entertained the audience by displaying a wide variety of Chinese culture, including a Tibetan square dance, songs of the Qiang ethnic group, dances symbolizing the vigor of the Chinese people, and a folk instrument performance of the classic “A Moonlit Night on the Spring River.” The audience was also happily surprised by an adaptation from the American classic ‘Grease.’