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News and Events: October-December 2012

Ari Roland Jazz Quartet Performance in Guangzhou

On Dec 14, 2012, the Ari Roland Jazz Quartet, a critically acclaimed and innovative American Jazz Band, took center stage and gave a phenomenal jazz performance in Guangzhou Overseas Chinese Foreign Language School (GOCFLS). The event was jointly hosted by American Consulate General - Guangzhou, the Vanderbilt U.S. - China Center for Education and Culture at South China Normal University and GOCFLS.

Young Lee, assistant public affairs officer of the US Consulate, made an encouraging speech acknowledging the efforts of the US-China Center in promoting cultural and educational exchanges. Also present were Mr. Raymond Lee from the Public Affairs Section of the U.S Consulate, Dr. Hong Wang and Mr. Dawei Yang from South China Normal University.

The band attracted an audience of about 2000, consisted of students, parents, teachers and school principals from GOCFLS, officials from local education bureaus, and people from the local community.

Mr. Roland and his band members charmed the audience throughout the 75-minute-long performance. Along with American jazz music, the Jazz Quartet performed ingenious renditions of several Chinese folk songs such as Jasmine and Kang Ding Love Song. Students of the Foreign Language School music band also made a joint performance on stage playing Erhu - a traditional Chinese musical instrument - enthralling the audience with a unique blend of western and Chinese music traditions. Several local TV stations later reported the event.

Opening

The opening of the Center was marked by the visit of a Vanderbilt delegation led by Provost Richard McCarty to the two universities.  Opening activities featured lectures on intangible culture heritage, panel discussion on U.S. and Chinese education, and showcased American and Chinese performing arts by local artists and students from the two universities and local schools.


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