In conjunction with the inaugural GRAMMY Cultural Exchange Program, on July 20 members of the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry Music Fund Quintet and alumni from the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session performed at an intimate concert at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.
The quintet — featuring Yi Lei Hao, An Qi Lv, Fang Liang Ning, Yajing Su, and Yi Chen Yang — performed a selection of music ranging from Maurice Ravel's "Alborada Del Gracioso" to Jacob Gade's "Tango Tzigane." The GRAMMY Camp — Jazz Session band — featuring Patrick Bartley Jr., Luke Celenza, Dominic Sbrega, Gabe Schnider, and Evan Sherman — performed songs including Victor Feldman's "The Chant" and John Scofield's "Golden Daze." The ensembles joined for a finale performance of Leonard Bernstein's "Overture To Candide," which was arranged and conducted by the GRAMMY Foundation's Senior Director of Education David R. Sears.
The concert concluded the weeklong GRAMMY Cultural Exchange Program, which is dedicated to nurturing talented young musicians across Greater China. The Recording Academy, GRAMMY Foundation, Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry, and China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, together with Gucci retail partner, Chong Hing Jewelers, hosted the exclusive musical performance.
"Our alliance covers a wide range of initiatives — from music preservation to encouraging and nurturing new music talent," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. "The GRAMMY Cultural Exchange Program highlights this unique collaboration, which also includes the GRAMMY Foundation and the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation — one of China's largest charitable organizations whose primary areas of focus include fostering the artistic talents of today's youth."
In January 2012 Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry, in collaboration with CSCLF, announced the launch of the Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry Music Fund, an initiative that provides scholarships to talented students from prestigious Chinese music establishments such as the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, the Xi'an Conservatory of Music and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The most exceptional students from the CSCLF Gucci Timepieces & Jewelry Music Fund Quintet were invited to participate in the GRAMMY Cultural Exchange Program July 16–21 in Los Angeles. As part of the program, on July 17 the quintet participated in the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp Guest Professionals Day, which featured artists and music industry professionals conducting question-and-answer sessions, workshops and master classes with participants of GRAMMY Camp's interactive 10-day residential summer music experience at the University of Southern California. The quintet also performed at the Barack Obama Global Preparation Academy and at the Expo Center on July 18 and July 19, respectively.
View a series of special behind-the-scenes videos documenting the GRAMMY Cultural Exchange Program, shot by students who participated in GRAMMY Camp's Music Journalism track.