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January 27, 2010 > Chuc Mung Nam Moi

Chuc Mung Nam Moi

Submitted By Maria Nguyen
Photos By Ted Armstrong

Two youth groups entertained a full-house at the Milpitas Library auditorium on January 17 to celebrate the Vietnamese New Year 2010 - Year of the Tiger, which falls on February 14.

The program was made possible by Milpitas Public Library and Vietnamese Folk Arts Institute.

Under the direction of Greg Farbizio and accompanist Manuel Madrigal, the Milpitas Youth Chorus, with five young members, presented songs in harmony - A Country Tune, Memory, Ave Maria, Where Is Love, Veni Jesu and Climb Ev'ry Mountain.

To help the audience understand some Vietnamese customs, Hoang-Anh Nguyen, of Building Assets in Vietnamese Youth (AACI-BAVY), showed different types of food traditionally prepared and savored for the Vietnamese New Year and explained their significance. For example, the tangerine symbolizes good luck.

The Wings of 100 Viet Dance Company, directed by Lisa Trinh, with 30 performers, presented the second part of the program with a dance production titled "Journey to Our Northern Land," consisting of three dances - Going to the Huong Pagoda, The Highland Drums and Mount Vong Phu.

At the end of the program, San Jose Council Member Kansen Chu and his wife Daisy Chu wished everyone a Happy New Year. They passed out traditional red envelopes to the children while other children and some adults simulated the popping of firecrackers by jumping on bubble wrap.

Vocal Choral:

In 2000, Director Greg Farbizio established a vocal choral called "Children and Youth Unite to Sing" to provide a performance-outlet for youth. These singers performed for the 25th birthday celebration of the United Nations in 2002. In 2003, Farbizio traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive a Businessman of the Year Award.

The Children and Youth Concert Choir, now called Milpitas Youth Chorus was established In February 2009. Farbizio hopes the group will eventually establish a national reputation.

Dance Company:

In 1993, Director Lisa Trinh founded Wings of the Hundred Viet Dance Company, or Cánh Chim Bách Viet (CCBV). CCBV is a non-profit, cultural group comprised of Vietnamese youths, mostly U.S. born.

The organization's goal is to preserve and spread Vietnamese history and culture through performances portraying the myths, legends and historic events of Viet Nam.

CCBV provides a free, summer youth program to introduce the younger generation to Vietnamese traditions, history and dance. Through performances in the community, CCBV fosters a spirit of volunteerism among its members.

For more information about the Milpitas Youth Chorus, contact Greg Farbizio at For more information about the Hundred Viet Dance Company, visit

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