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UNCG hosts Chinese Cultural Delegation

From November 1-3, 2012, UNCG and IPC were delighted to host a delegation of twenty-six Chinese provincial and municipal leaders. Hailing from six Chinese provinces, these important leaders visited the US in order to learn more about our cultural and performing arts as well as our entertainment industry. In addition to Greensboro, the delegation also visited New York, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.  The cultural delegation, led by Director Jianping Zhou, was organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), a national organization dedicated to promoting positive cultural exchange and cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and other countries. The CPAFFC delegation visit is an outcome of UNCG’s eight-member Delegation visit to China (April 20-29, 2012) led by Board of Trustees’ member Randall Kaplan. In April the delegation visited several universities, the U.S. embassy in Shanghai, and the CPAFFC in Beijing.

On Thursday, November 1, Chancellor Linda P. Brady welcomed the delegates before UNCG faculty musicians held a concert in their honor at the Recital Hall of the School of Music, Theater, and Dance. The program featured: the East Wind Quintette d’Anches (Mary Ashley Barret, Kelly Burke, Steven Stusek, Anthony Taylor, Michael Burns) performing music by John Williams and by Chinese composer He Zhan Hou; Andrew Willis playing Mozart on the fortepiano; the McIver Quartet (Marjorie Bagley, Fabian Lopez, Scott Rawls, Alex Ezerman) playing music by Prokofiev; singers Clara O’Brien, Nancy Walker and Donald Hartmann performing songs by Mozart and Bizet; and the Jazz Quartet (John Salmon, Chad Eby, Alex Bingham, Nick Horvath) performing pieces by North Carolina natives Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.

On November 2, the delegates participated in a day-long symposium entitled “Entrepreneurship and the Arts in the US” which included lectures and discussions with UNCG faculty and staff from the Art Department, the School of Dance, Theatre, and Music, and the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center, including Bryan Toney (Director of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center), professor Billy Lee (Professor of Art, Sculpture), Drs. John Locke (Director of Bands, Professor of Music), Steven Haines (Director of the Miles Davis Program, Jazz Studies), and Rachel Briley (Artistic Director of NC Theatre for Young People). The delegates also met with Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins and visited the Weatherspoon Art Museum where they met with Nancy Doll, Director of the Museum and Ann Grimaldi, Curator of Education.

At dinner, Provost David H. Perrin addressed the group, and John Salmon and Antonio Truyols, a recent graduate of the Music program, performed for the delegation. The day was concluded with a performance, given by the students of choreographer and dance professor Duane Cyrus at the UNCG Dance Theater.

Penelope Pynes would like to thank the following individuals for their contributions to the visit’s success:  Jianping Zhou, Director of CPAFFC in Beijing and delegation leader; Dr. Sue Stinson, Dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance; Dr. John Salmon, Professor; Cai Tang, UNCG’s China Cultural Liaison, Doryl Jensen of Jensen Tours; and all the faculty and staff who represented UNCG during the visit. “It is thrilling to be able to showcase UNCG’s entrepreneurial strengths in the visual and performing arts, and we look forward to the opportunities for cultural exchange that will be created through this exciting collaboration,” she said.

For further reading, please visit:
Campus Weekly: “UNCG hosts Chinese arts delegation – Two free concerts”

University News: “Fellowship through the arts: Chinese delegation visits UNCG”

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