Students showcase musical talent at Berklee Chinese concert

Woodwind performer and Berklee student Yazhi Guo (second left) performs “One Night in Beijing” with a traditional Chinese “suona.” (Image by Ling-Mei Wong.)

Woodwind performer and Berklee student Yazhi Guo (second left) performs “One Night in Beijing” with a traditional Chinese “suona.” (Image by Ling-Mei Wong.)

By Ling-Mei Wong

 

Chinese students celebrated the Lunar New Year and White Valentine’s Day with 1,000 attendees on March 14 at the Berklee Performance Center. The concert was delayed by the Feb. 8 blizzard, organized by the Berklee Chinese Student Association with students from Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, MIT and Northeastern University.

Yun Huang belts out a song at the Berklee Performance Center on March 14. (Image by Ling-Mei Wong.)

Yun Huang belts out a song at the Berklee Performance Center on March 14. (Image by Ling-Mei Wong.)

“The concert was delayed by the snow storm, but it did not dampen our passion for music,” said Daisy Chen, president of the Berklee CSA and a fourth-semester performance student. She performed a live version of “Price Tag” by Jessie J, accompanied with a rap by Jack Liu, a sophomore at Boston College. Chen and Liu also performed “High High Life” by MC Hotdog with Xiaolong Dai, a Northeastern student.

Daisy Chen performed “Price Tag” by Jessie J. (Image by Ling-Mei Wong.)

Daisy Chen performed “Price Tag” by Jessie J. (Image by Ling-Mei Wong.)

Performances ranged from jazz-tinged updates of Chinese classic “Jasmine Flower” to a rendition of “One Night in Beijing” with a traditional Chinese “suona” by accomplished woodwind performer and Berklee student Yazhi Guo. Original compositions were performed by Runnan Li, who played piano and sang vocals for his song “Bad Kids.”

Runnan Li played piano and sang for his original song “Bad Kids.” (Image by Ling-Mei Wong.)

Runnan Li played piano and sang for his original song “Bad Kids.” (Image by Ling-Mei Wong.)

 

Other original songs were “Polaroid” by Rule 9’s lead singer Inhyuk Hyong and “Listen to Your Heart” by Zoe Zai. Covers of Mandarin pop classics were part of a song medley that closed out the night.

“It was fantastic,” Liu said. “We really appreciate Berklee for sponsoring the event and providing the venue’s crew. At Berklee, students’ whole lives are about music and you can’t help but feel the atmosphere.”

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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