World Harmony Foundation (WHF), Global Future Leader
Organization (GFLO), and John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for
the Performing Arts jointly hosted the musical tour to
share the album of Chinese classic literary songs with
teenagers from China and the USA. The songs were performed
in the White House, United States Capitol, Liberty Island
and Times Square. On Aug. 11, the concert was featured at
the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, one of the
off-Broadway theaters located in Lincoln Center.
Youth of China, composed by You Jingbo, a Chinese American
composer and professor has been devoted to the noble cause
for years, the innovative Chinese Classical Literary Songs
features music album and books of Chinese poems. In
addition, it is a marvelous music project that is jointly
supported by well-known musicians from China and the USA.
The songs in the album are composed in traditional Chinese
scale, based on pentatonic scale with music notes which are
called gong, shang, jue, zhi and yu in Chinese. They are
integrated with a great many elements of Chinese folk music
such as Peking Opera, Yueju Opera and Pingtan, but their
presentation styles are mostly western, including jazz, rock
& roll and reggae. Creating an album of songs combining
traditional Chinese music, modern, classic and fashionable,
the oriental and western characteristics.
On Aug. 11, the Chinese literary songs made their Broadway
debut in New York. More than twenty Chinese and American
teenagers gave fantastic performances of the beautiful
Chinese literary songs, including Song of Tomorrow, Three
Character Classic, Crying Ospreys and Homecoming.
After the performance, You Jiang, the President of the
China Press, was invited to deliver a speech. The song of
Three Character Classic which was performed by a choir
of students from the Sitan Tai chi & Martial Arts brought
down the house.
You Jingbo, hoped these songs could help deepen the
understanding of Chinese classical literature among the
children and raise their interest to learn in the ways of
listening to the music, singing and performance. He also
hoped to promote the Chinese tradition and culture by
fostering education through entertainment.
The music concert was hosted by World Harmony Foundation (WHF),
organized by National Music Educational Center (NMEC) and
supported by Xinhua News Agency, Wen Wei Po, American
Multimedia Television USA and United Nations Asking Congress
Web TV Inc. and other media.
Jing Mengtao, an overseas student and freshman of Vocal
Music Department of the University of the Arts based in
Philadelphia, presided over the concert. Frank Liu,
produced the concert.
Performers came from New York, Beijing, Guangdong and
Zhejiang. They were Shang Shuyu, Zheng Shuhan, You Shengsi,
You Shengge, Wang Tian’ao, Harmony Liu (Liu Xin’ge), Eirene
Liu (Liu Xinyuan), Joseph Liu (Liu Xiangjun), Wang Zhirou,
Liu Entong, Gao Chenxin and so on. A Leisure Walk,
was performed by You Shengsi and You Shengge and was
received warm applause. Jing Mengtao, who performed the
musicals – Crying Ospreys and On Poetry,
received large praise from the audience.
Gao Ge and You Jingbo, music mentors of this concert, also
performed the songs – Qi Qiao and Butterflies in
Love with Flowers.
Three American born Chinese, representatives of the Global
Future Leader Organization (GFLO) in New York, demonstrated
their passion in the study and performance of Chinese
classical literary songs and were hailed as future leaders
by the community. The eldest sister Harmony Liu (Liu Xin’ge,
12 years old), who is the peace ambassador of GFLO, vividly
interpreted the song, A Spring Day with guzheng
(Chinese zither); Eirene Liu (Liu Xinyuan, seven years old)
presented a solo vocal performance and dance; their younger
brother Joseph Liu (Liu Xiangjun, three and a half years
old) was the youngest among the three siblings , but the one
with the best attitude and loudest voice.
On August 13, a global press conference of Chinese Classical
Literary Song was held at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ).
In this conference, the album named Chinese Classical
Literary Song – Youth of China, sung by Jing Mengtao,
was released to the world for the first time. Meanwhile, 100
sets of commemorative first-day cover featured by “Chinese
Classical Literary Song Global Release” were issued through
the United Nations Postal Administration. The trilogy named
Chinese Classical Literary Song and the album named Youth of
China have been collected by the United Nations
Correspondents Association (UNCA) on the spot. At the same
time, Frank Liu (Liu Fan), chairman of WHF awarded the
certificates – World Youth Harmony Ambassador and World
Outstanding Musician for Harmony to Jing Mengtao and You
The album has been made available on global music platforms
such as iTunes, Amazonmusic, Spotify and Deezer. Through
these songs, the voice of traditional Chinese culture will
be heard in more than 180 countries, including the United
States, France, Russia, Japan, India and South Africa.
Overseas Chinese could enjoy the voice of their motherland
through mobile phones and the Internet; while non chinese
speakers can enjoy and learn to have a better understanding
about Chinese traditional culture via the previews of
With the performance of Chinese classical literary songs,
the event has laid the foundation for Chinese classical
literary music going global.
The combination of education and entertainment will help to
promote Chinese classical literary works internationally ,
through i popularization in a way that is easy to understand
, engaging and enetertaining– a significant move of
innovation in the transmission of Chinese traditional
This event has not only promoted the global dissemination of
Chinese classical literary songs, but also played a crucial
role in helping the Global audience to engage and to further
their understanding of Han and traditional Chinese culture.