"Changsheng Temple on July 7th"

Summary: 

The Street Musical Club performs Changsheng Temple on July 7th at the Salvation Army in Bensonhurst 

Fieldnotes: 

The Street Musical Club is led by Ng Yee Chuk, a 72-year-old Cantonese man (his name is Wu Yi Zhuo in Mandarin) who believes that Southern Brooklyn has a large Chinese population that is rarely able to attend Chinese Opera in Manhattan. Cantonese opera is a style of Chinese opera from southern China's Guangdong Province. It is a traditional Chinese art form, that has music, singing, martial arts, acrobatics, and acting. This art form is very popular to share in the Chinese community in Manhattan, but it is rarely, if ever, shared in Brooklyn.  It features a string and percussion instruments, with costumes and face painting. These are the instruments in the ensemble:Dulcimer, Flute, Saxophones, Ruan Qin  (Chinese lute with a fretted neck, circular body, and 4 strings), Drum/Percussion & Chimes, Zhong Hu: (bowed string instrument, pitched lower than erhu, and gaohu), Gao Hu (bowed stringed instrument, higher pitched than erhu and zhong hu), Long Flute, Singer/Actor Male, Singer/Actor Female. The singers are actors that use dance and facial expressions to communicate with the audience. 

From The Artist/Community : 

The love story Between Emperor Xuanzong cm SJ§£) and Yang Guifei of Tang Dynasty had been passed down through the ages. During the peaceful and extreme prosperous period of Tang, Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei devoted a lot of effort to music songs and dances. One of them was Ningshang Feathers, the famous. The Emperor held a grand banquet and a huge band to perform Ningshang Feathers Dance. The nobles dressed in gorgeous costumes, a band of high-pitched music and the event reached a climax. This is a glamorous romance and love story: "In the day of the wish to be a lovebird, in the land is willing to be a branch. Forever and sometimes do, sorrow rain no absolute period."

Location: 
7307 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11204