Bringing Back Legendary Taiwanese Campus Folk Songs After Four Decades!

09-04-2016 Campus Folk Song ConcertOn September 4, 2016, Flushing Town Hall, in collaboration with New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, New York Chinese Chorus, and We Shan Culture Foundation, will host a special event, Taiwan Campus Folk Songs Concert.

Featuring renowned Taiwanese artists May Tai, Yu-Wei Hsieh, and Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou, the concert will introduce one-of-a-kind music that originated in Taiwan in the 1970s. Co-starring the classically trained Mr. Yumin Liu of Wu Shan Cultural Foundation, singers from New York Chinese Chorus and Sanguang Silk Bamboo Orchestra from Nantou County in Taiwan, this concert will provide a dazzling and joyful afternoon for the community.

Originating in Taiwan in the 1970s, the Campus Folk Songs were known as a new modern wave that immediately spread globally across Chinese-speaking areas. Campus Folk Songs have been compared to Korean pop (Hallyu) culture. Songs created during this period were a combination of classic and contemporary Western and Eastern cultures.

Although beloved to listeners and singers throughout the Chinese world, Campus Folk Songs suddenly disappeared in the late 1990s. However, many of the melodies resurfaced and enjoyed pinnacle popularity in the new millennium, and are so revered that even grade schools and religious groups employ them in teaching and practice, illustrating the pure, edifying force that Campus Folk Songs represent.

“We are honored to present Taiwan Campus Folk Songs at Flushing Town Hall,” said Executive and Artistic Director Ellen Kodadek. “Not only does this event align with our mission to provide global arts to our global community, but we see how people in the community have joined forces in solidarity with their passion for cultural activities.”

Headlining the concert is Ms. May Tai, one of the first female songwriters and singers who brought Campus Folk Songs to their peak and glory in the 1970s, and continues to influence the Taiwanese community with her music and life story, including her experience with cancer.

She will be joined by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou, one of the few living members of the first generation of Campus Folk Songs era, award-winning Hakka singer and songwriter Yu-Wei Hsieh, and many other talents, who will perform in Chinese with English subtitles.

Tickets are available at www.flushingtownhall.org or 718-463-7700.

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