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Following tonight's performance, Chinese opera star Ling Ke and the members of the Tianjin Peking Opera Company will perform Peking Opera highlights from Wu Song Kills the Tiger, A Dragon Flirts with a Phoenix, and The Ghost of the Black Pot. This Chicago premiere is free and open to the public at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 13 at the Logan Center’s Performance Penthouse. For more information, visit www.envisioningchina.uchicago.edu.

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Chinese Fine Arts Society (CFAS) presents the year-long concert series Forces of Nature: The Five Elements featuring traditional and contemporary Chinese music. The water program is a world premiere by New York composer Huang Ruo at 3 p.m. on April 27 at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts on 915 E. 60th Street. Learn more at www.envisioningchina.uchicago.edu.

Cirque Shanghai returns to Chicago’s Navy Pier with a new show Cirque Shanghai: Warriors from May 21 through September 1 at the Pepsi® Skyline Stage on 600 E. Grand Avenue. This year’s production features new acts including The Kinetic Poles, the Water Meteor and the Pageant of Arms as well as favorites from last year such as the Wheel of Destiny and China’s daredevil troupe Imperial Thunder. Tickets go on sale on May 2 at www.ticketmaster.com/shanghai. Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available at www.grouptix.net.

In Evanston, Northwestern University presents The Shanghai Quartet master class at 12:30 p.m. on May 3 in Regenstein Recital Hall. Formed at the Shanghai Conservatory in 1983, the quartet has played at Carnegie Hall, and has performed with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, pianist Menahem Pressler, and the male classical vocal ensemble Chanticleer, among others. Admission is free.

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