This is a banner year for The New York Chinese Chorus. On March 22, 2015, the Chorus held its first solo concert at Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in Manhattan, and invited Ying Huang, renowned lyric coloratura soprano and opera singer from Beijing, to perform at the event.
“It was a very successful event,” said Tai Nin Wang, who founded the Chorus.
The Chorus is not slowing down. On Sunday, December 13, The New York Chinese Chorus will hold a special concert to benefit Flushing Town Hall. Founded in 2009, the New York Chinese Chorus is a group of talented vocalists form China, Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
On this special night, they will come together to introduce and enhance the understanding of Chinese culture through a repertoire of folk songs, classical music, and pop music. The New York Chinese Chorus will celebrate the season with flower-themed folk songs presented in the form of chorus, duet, solo and small ensemble.
“We are very happy and honored to hold a concert to benefit Flushing Town Hall,” says Tai Nin Wang. “Audience members will enjoy Chinese folk songs arranged by our conductor, Professor Guojun Wu, who has more than 60 years in music and performing art education.”
Professor Guo-Jun Wu was born in 1927 in the ancient city of Yang Chou. He graduated from the Shanghai Academy of Music in 1955, and was appointed by prestigious Dean Liu-Ding He as the founder of the Affiliated Primary School of Music at SAM, which started his 37 year-long music teaching career. Professor Wu follows the teachings philosophy of professor Ja-Ren Yang and Je-Shun Ma. He emphasizes creativity and sonic style, exploring characteristics in folk music, and created lyrics and orchestrations for various Chinese and Western works, such as: Mendelssohn’s “Skylark”, Johann Baptist Strauss II’s Pritsch-Tratsch – Polka Chit-Chat (Op. 214), Johann Sebastian Bach’s Minuets, and Chinese songs such as Great Sea, My Sweet Home, Camellia, The Great Wall Ballard, and Flying a Kite.
Since Tai and Councilman Peter Koo co-founded The New York Chinese Chorus in 2009, the Chorus has followed the mission of Councilman Koo to pursue higher standard of artistry in order to provide high-quality performances to enrich the lives of Chinese community. The Chorus has performed at Flushing Business Association fundraisers, PS177 Special Education School Chinese New Year celebration, “American Friend of Western Returned Scholars Association’s 100-year Anniversary Celebration” at Merkin Concert Hall, the Rotary International Club Gala, the West Hempstead Public Library and at a New York Met game at CitiField.
The Chorus also performed “Make Music New York 2013” at Manhattan’s Columbus Circle, and has performed at the Queens Botanical Garden, Flushing Queens Library, and at Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts’ Galas – the latter of which honored Tai in 2014!
“We hope that, because this is the only professional performing stage in the greater Flushing area, that people who attend will realize that Flushing Town Hall provides a diversity of cultural programs,” she says. “I love the people at Flushing Town Hall. Not only is it a beautiful historic building, it is also the only venue in downtown Flushing area that provides professional services and top-notch facilities for all kinds of arts and cultural activities. As a Chinese American, I love to see Flushing Town Hall willing to work on bringing in programs to entertain the Chinese community.”
The Splendor of the Blossoms will take place on Sunday, December 13 at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $30 for orchestra seats, and $10 for balcony seats. Tickets to a special VIP reception with a reserved table, wine and snacks, are $100. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.