A public radio chinese new year special



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The Year of the Sheep : A Joyful Celebration

Ring in Chinese New Year with The Year of the Sheep: A Joyful Celebration. The Chinese lunar year of the Snake begins on February 19, 2015. Its commemoration is rich with traditions and rituals observed in everything from food to clothing. Ancestors are honored, and peace and happiness are bestowed on family and friends. The history, rituals, and traditions of Chinese New Year are celebrated alongside traditional Chinese music in this one hour special, The Year of the Sheep: A Joyful Celebration, hosted and produced by Dr. Wanda Yang Temko.

According to Chinese folklore, many centuries ago the Great Buddha found enlightenment under a fig tree.  Inspired by this revelation, he invited all the animal of the world to join him in his celebration of the New Year.  Only twelve animals came to the gathering, the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.  Over time these animals came to represent the twelve signs of the Chinese Zodiac as a symbol of their loyalty to the Buddha.



The Year of the Sheep: A Joyful Celebration, is made possible through the support of The Chinese School of Atlanta on New Peachtree Road in Chamblee.

Broadcast window: February 1-March 5, 2015



Host, Dr. Wanda Yang Temko

Dr. Wanda Yang Temko is a professional singer and voice teacher, with a doctorate in performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana along with degrees from Georgia State University and Emory University. Acclaimed for performances on operatic and concert stages, she has performed as guest soloist with area ensembles such as Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, New Trinity Baroque, and the Michael O'Neal Singers while maintaining a career as a professional chorister singing with the Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Choruses, and The Skylark Vocal Ensemble.  A multi-faceted performer, she also spent seven years as classical music host on WABE, 90.1 FM in Atlanta. Dr. Yang Temko is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and serves as Board President of Festival Singers of Atlanta, Treasurer of the Atlanta Symphony Musicians Foundation, and board member of Atlanta Early Music Alliance and Friends of Theater at Emory.wanda headshot_small



Program Timing and Cues

Billboard (00:00 – 01:00)
00:00 INCUE: [Music] Gong-xi-fa-tsai, Gong-xi-fa-tsai! Happy New Year!
01:00 OUTCUE: ...The Year of the Horse: A Joyful Celebration. [Music]

Newscast Window/Fill Music (01:00 – 06:00)

Program (06:00 – 59:00)
06:00 INCUE: I’m Wanda Yang Temko.
59:00 OUTCUE: Music ends

Music Details:

  • “A Wish for Great Fortunes,” Chinese Festival: Gongs and Drums for Celebration III

  • “Dance from Quici,” Lang Lang, piano, Zhang Jiali, guanzi, Dragon Songs, Sony Classical B0008233

  • "Seven Tunes Heard in China," Yo-Yo Ma, Cello Sony Classical 64114

  • “Flowing Water,” Traditional Instruments Orchestra of the Central Conservatory, CBS Records 36705

  • “I live at the Source of the Yangtze River," Ying Huang, soprano, London Symphony Orchestra, Sony Classical 62687

  • “Flowers on the Brocade,” Hong Ting, Gu Zheng; Chinese Traditional Zheng Music; UPC 620953082320

  • “Horse Racing,” Chen Jun, erhu, Erhu Classics, Naxos World 760112

  • "Molihua," Wanda Yang Temko, Soprano and Timothy Gunter, Pianist

  • “Molihua,” Chanticleer, Wondrous Love, Teldec 166762

  • “Diu Diu Deng,” Wondrous Love, Teldec 166762

  • “Lotus Flowers Growing Over the Pond,” Lin Shi-Cheng, pipa, Chinese Traditional Pipa Music

  • “Spring Awakens on Mount Yangming,” Chinese Festival: Gongs and Drums for Celebration III

  • Newscast Music Bed: "Mu Min Xin Ge" and "Xi Yang Yang," Classical Chinese Golf Music, ARC Music EUCD 1564



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