On Sunday, December 13, the New York Chinese Chorus held 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 came 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 celebrated 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,” Tai Nin Wang said before the event. “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.”
In 1982, Tai Nin Wang and husband Tony Wang arrived in the United States from Taiwan chasing their dreams, with their year-old daughter Shelley in tow. With little money, their first venture was to purchase a small grocery store in Maspeth, Queens. In 1984 they established WAC Lighting Company, which has grown into a leading global manufacturer and designer of track, recessed, decorative and under-cabinet lighting and which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.
Since 1998, Tai has volunteered to teach Asian children about their rich heritage in a local Chinese school. She was the co-founder of the Asian American Cultural Festival of Long Island, co-chaired the Town of North Hempstead’s Asian Festival, and with her husband co-founded the Hope School at Ziang-Xi.
Since she founded The New York Chinese Chorus in 2009, 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!