Organized and supported by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office (OCAO) of the State Council of P. R. China, and the China Oversea Exchanges Association (COEA), the Chinese Spring Festival Celebration Performances have been successfully held in about 10 major countries of Chinese emigrants during the traditional Chinese lunar New Year month, mostly in January and February. This special global event named “Cultures of China, Festival of Spring” has received recognition and compliment not only in the overseas Chinese community, also in the mainstream society all around the world.
As the only authorized organizer of this event in southern California, Chinese Culture Development Center (CCDC) continually hosts the celebration performance of this year at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 19th, 2010. Keeping at the high standard, another world-known performance group, the General Political Department Song and Dance Ensemble, presents its great and unique performance, bringing out wonderful Chinese New Year wishes to all the audience in Los Angeles.
Many famous Chinese artists take part in the performance, including Yan Weiwen, one of the most prestigious singers in China, Tan Jing, the top Chinese female folksinger who held her solo concert in Musikverein Golden Hall in 2006, Chen Jun, the Master Erhu performer in China who is also known as the Paganini of the Erhu, and two famous Chinese soprano, Meng Ge and Lei Jia.
Yan Weiwen, one of the top tenors in China, First-Class National Actor, Council Member of Chinese Musicians Association. Yan has won many top prizes in national vocal contests, including the Golden Album Award, the title of Ten Best National Film & TV Singers, and the first prize of Audience’s Favorite Singers. His songs like “A Little White Poplar,” “Words From the Bottom of My Heart,” “The Song of One, Two, Three, Four,” “When I miss home” “Cheers, my friend,” “Mother,” etc. are extremely popular and widely circulated.
Tan Jing, a top young solo singer, a First-Class National Actress, a member of Chinese Musicians Association, and a committee member of the All-China Youth Federation, with a Master degree in musicology. In 2000, she won the golden prize of the Professional Pop Group in the 9th CCTV National Young Vocalist Television Competition，and was honored as the Most Popular Singer. In 1998, she participated in the International Pop Music Competition held in Kazakhstan on behalf of China, and was awarded the silver prize. In 1997, she won the golden prize of “Voice of Asia” International Singer Grand Award. In 1996, she won the golden award of Pop Group in the first National New Singer Competition. Besides, she has also won Media’s Choice Award of the 9th Global Chinese Music Award, one of the top ten singers of the Jinhao Award which is the most popular one of the China Radio Culture and Art Prize, the Best Female Singer of the 2nd China Golden Disc Award. On September 12th, 2006, her solo concert entitled “Voice of Harmony” was held at Golden Hall in Vienna, Austria.
Meng Ge, a top solo singer, a First-Class National Actress, and a committee member of the All-China Youth Federation. Meng won the golden prize of the New Songs for 50th National Celebration Award and the National MV Competition. She earned the first prize of Audience’s Favorite Singers in two consecutive years.
Lei Jia, a top young solo singer, a First-Class National Actress, a member of Chinese Musicians Association and a committee member of the All-China Youth Federation. Lei has won many awards in national vocal competitions including the first place in the 2003 “Jin Zhong Jiang”, a prestigious award for the musical professionals in China. In 2004, she won first place professional folk soloist in the 11th National Youth TV singing competition. She was awarded one of the top 10 new singers in 2005 by CCTV. In 2008, Lei Jia was awarded best female folk singer in the 9th CCTV-MTV music fest.
Chen Jun, one of the leading Erhu players in China, a First-Class National Actor, a member of the China Musicians Association and the Erhu representative in the Chinese Music Association. Chen's nickname is "The Paganini of the Erhu." Chen has won many competitions. In 1982, he was second runner-up in the National Youth Instrumental Competition and first runner-up in the Beijing Youth Erhu Competition the following year. In 1989, he won first prize in the First "Shanshen Prize" Folk Music Instrumental Competition. Having performed numerous times already as a soloist frequently in China and overseas, his playing is characterized by pure elegant tones, a mastery of technique and a unique power of interpretation. Besides performing traditional works, Chen also composes and plays new erhu compositions. Chen has developed a more individualized style and tone, and that multifaceted personality is displayed on Erhu Classics. Chen's stellar performances are also the perfect introduction for non-Chinese music listeners to the tender and expressive tones of the erhu.
Liu Ke, an excellent Pipa player, a member of the Beijing Musicians Association, a member of the China National Orchestral Musicians Association and the Pipa representative in the Chinese National Orchestral Music Association. Liu won many prizes in National Instrumental Competitions and she visited United States, Austria, France, Japan, Australia, Holland, Belgium, Italy, etc. playing Pipa, ZhongRuan, LiuQin, and many other national stringed instruments. Her performance was warmly welcomed and appreciated world-widely. She was known as Oriental Pipa Angel.
Liu Xiaona, famous hostess in China, a First-Class National Actress, a member of Chinese Musicians Association and a standing committee member of the All-China Youth Federation. She has won various contests for hosts and anchorpersons.
The General Political Department Song and Dance Ensemble
The General Political Department Song and Dance Ensemble, founded in 1953, is a large-scale song and dance arts group which contains a creative workshop, choirs, dance troupes, symphony orchestras, stage-art teams, Television Arts Center.
In the past 50 years, the General Political Department Song and Dance Ensemble always adhered to the direction of China's advanced culture, inherited and carried forward the outstanding Chinese nation's artistic tradition, created and performed a large number of the music and dance programs with distinctive ethnic features and spirit of the times. Has developed a unique artistic style, it is a comprehensive, high-standard troupe, which enjoys a high reputation at home and abroad. The troupe has a number of prestigious artists with rich overseas performing experience and artistic creative talent, and it has also won various international and domestic music and dance contests.
To enhance the friendship between the Chinese people and the people of other countries, the General Political Song and Dance Ensemble often serves important national and foreign affairs. It has been to Europe, North America, South America, Asia, Africa and dozens of countries and regions, and those visiting and performance obtained great success.