Monday, July 19, 2010

The Newnan Cultural Arts Commission Proudly Presents Hangzhou Wenlan High School Chinese Youth Orchestra

The Newnan Cultural Arts Commission in partnership with the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts presents the Hangzhou Wenlan High School Chinese Youth Orchestra to perform in Newnan. The performance will be Sunday, July 25th at 3 p.m. at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

This group is a traditional Chinese orchestra and was founded over ten years ago. The youth orchestra has currently over sixty members. The members include children of all ages. Every year a number of new members join the orchestra, they practice new programs every semester.

“This will not only serve as a wonderful musical concert for the city but also a superb opportunity for the local youth to bond and exchange culture from different sides of the world, says Bette Hickman, Newnan Cultural Arts Commission, co-chair of the event.

The orchestra has performed throughout China and internationally. To introduce the graceful Chinese traditional music to people around the world, the orchestra visited France in October of 2005. They performed six shows in six different venues all over France. The youth orchestra has also won several outstanding awards for their music.

Master conductor Yan Jianhua is from HangZhou, Zhejiang, China. Jianhua is a famous commander and percussionist. He is also the director of the Chinese Society of Folk Orchestral Music and Percussion. Some of Jianhua’s other accomplishments academician of Chinese Society of Folk Orchestral Music and concert performer of Zhejiang Province Dance and Song Ensemble.

The youth orchestra will also be performing in Atlanta at the Rialto Center for Arts during their stay in Georgia.

About the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts

Coweta County’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts is a modern 48,000-square-foot multi-disciplinary arts facility offering state-of-the-art performance facilities, rehearsal and lecture halls, and the Francoise Gilot art gallery - all anchored by a 1,000-seat performance hall. Located at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan and operated by artistic director Don Nixon, the Centre is available for use by all of the citizens of the surrounding communities with priority given to school system events and performances. Since its opening by the Coweta County School System in 2004, the Centre has become a significant destination for artistic events in metropolitan Atlanta’s Southside region, and a true center of community events and arts education for the residents of Coweta County and surrounding areas. The philosophy of The Centre is to strive to be a house of excellence — an extension of the classroom no matter the age of the student.

The Centre’s wide range of artistic activities is supported in part by private citizens through the Centre Patrons. The Patrons organization recognizes the importance of the Arts in a community, and gives supporters of the arts an opportunity to share their time, talents and resources to ensure that Coweta County’s commitment to the arts continues to grow and prosper. The Patrons help staff and organize Centre events, and coordinate private donations that fund professional performances for the benefit of students and the community, Master classes and other educational opportunities, student scholarships, and other support for the Centre’s mission. Its purpose is to provide opportunities that will expose its patrons to the arts, increase their knowledge and appreciation for multiple forms of artistic expression, and enhance the total living experience for all the people the Centre is able to touch.

For additional information concerning the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts and the Patrons of the Centre, please contact The Centre at 770-254-ARTS (2787). Or visit the Centre website at, or the Patrons website at

The youth orchestra performance in Newnan will be Sunday, July 25th at 3 p.m. at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. Tickets for adults are $8 and $5 for students and seniors (65+). Tickets are on sale at the following locations the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, Morgans (Ashley Park), Bank of Coweta (Thomas Crossroads location) and Scott’s Bookstore in downtown Newnan. A percentage of all ticket sales will go back to the Centre Strings program. Please email or call 770-253-2682 ext 203 for concert information.

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