The Almaden Branch Library is pleased to host the Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra as part of our Chinese New Year (Year of the Rabbit) celebration. On Saturday, February 12, at 2 pm, these remarkable young musicians will be performing on a host of traditional Chinese instruments, including the ehru, sona, pipa, and dizi. Interestingly, in June 2004, at the invitation of the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra embarked on a cultural exchange tour and visited three of China’s most prestigious conservatories of music - in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. Young Firebirds performed with their counterparts in joint concerts at each institution. Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra is the first Chinese Orchestra from the Western world to perform in China. This event takes place in the large community room.