Thursday, July 22, 2010

Chinese Youth Orchestra to make U.S. premiere at Georgia State

The Hangzhou Wenlan School Youth Orchestra, considered one of the finest secondary schools in China, will make its U.S. debut at Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts this weekend.

The orchestra’s performance will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday (July 24) at the Rialto Center, 80 Forsyth St. NW. This two-hour family event is free and open to the public.

The Chinese orchestra will feature more than 50 musicians, ages 12 to 18, playing indigenous music on ancient Chinese instruments. The group has performed internationally and across China garnering multiple awards.

“We're very excited about their performance here,” said Leslie Gordon, director of the Rialto Center for the Arts. “This is a perfect opportunity to present Chinese culture to a wider audience.”

Georgia State staff worked with Global Achievers, a non-profit organization based in Newnan, Ga., dedicated to fostering international education, to bring the orchestra to the United States. State Rep. Gerald Greene also aided in the effort.

Master Conductor Yan Jianhua, from Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, will lead the youth orchestra. A famous conductor and percussionist, Yan Jianhua is also the director of the Chinese Society of Folk Orchestral Music and Percussion, an academician of the Chinese Society of Folk Orchestral Music and a performer in the Zhejiang Province Dance and Song Ensemble.

Parking is available in the Equitable Building lot for $4.

For more information, please visit or call the Rialto Box Office at 404-413-9849.

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