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Nearly 200 performers to bring Asian culture to Millennium Park

200 performers to bring Asian culture to Millennium Park Guards pull a goddess (Celina Madden)away from

Guards pull a goddess (Celina Madden)away from her earthling husband and children during The Chinese Fine Arts Society rehearsal at Crown Fountain in Millennium Park, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010. The actual performance at 2:30 p.m., August 22, 2010, will start at Cloud Gate , then move around to other venues in the park. It will present the ancient tale of Qixi, a love story between a celestial daughter and a cowherd. (Charles Osgood / August 20, 2010)

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If all you know about Chinese culture is what you learned on

a visit to Chinatown — and then you would know nothing

about Chinese culture beyond the food on the menus or the goods packed in the windows of the shops — it would be a good idea to get to Millennium Park on Sunday and watch as a fairy tale unfolds.

It is called "Qi Xi: A Chinese Love Story" and starting at 2

p.m. Sunday will feature all manner of wonders as it moves from place to place in the park to dramatize each of the story's four acts. There will be the relatively familiar lion and ribbon dancers but also martial artists, actors, other dancers and musicians, nearly 200 performers.

You might be able to get a preview sense of the colorful event from Osgood's photo of a recent rehearsal in the park, or you can watch a stunning three-minute video on the Web site of the Chinese Fine Arts Society, chinesefinearts.org.

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"But being there would be best of all," says Julie Tiao Ma, the president of the Chinese Fine Arts Society, which is presenting the show.

She is passionate and personable and so let's have her describe "Qi Xi":

"There are seven sisters in heaven responsible for making the world a beautiful place. The youngest and most talented of these is the celestial weaver princess who is responsible for making clouds and rainbows.

"The sisters are on Earth bathing when a cowherd falls in love with the weaver princess. He steals her wings so she cannot fly back to heaven.

"After recovering from the shock of this, she falls in love with him and they make a happy life together. But the sky's no longer beautiful without its clouds and rainbows. So, the Heavenly Queen sends guards to bring her back and takes a hair pin and throws it into the sky and creates the Milky Way to keep the two apart. But the princess's tears turn into torrents of rain on Earth and so the queen allows the lovers to meet once a year."

When Ma tells this story, her eyes sparkle and there is no doubt that she feels the shadow of her mother, the late Barbara Tiao.

Born in China, Barbara moved to Chicago in 1982 when her husband, George, a professor of statistics, took a job teaching at the University of Chicago. She was a piano teacher and, sensing a void in the city, decided to spread the word about Chinese music and art.

So the society was born in 1984 and it has gone about the business of letting Chicago see and experience the depth and beauty of Chinese culture, most prominently through concerts and other exhibitions and programs here.

Every five years, the society holds an international composition competition in which composers are asked to write a piece of music based on a Chinese theme. In 2005, that theme was the Great Wall, and this year it is "the wandering, resettling, and emigration of Chinese Diaspora population around the world." The winners will be announced in January and, as in previous years, the winning works will have their world premieres here next summer.

"My mother (who died 2008)] was really a pioneer in making our culture accessible to people outside the Asian community and giving it to Chicago," says Ma. "It was another kind of love story, but she was so in love with this place."

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