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KCCAA 2022 Chinese New Year Celebration Gala

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Meet the Art Consultant of KCCAA 2022 CNY Gala – Lily Zhang

张莉,美国:威廉蒙·佩大学、林肯大学、贝佛大学声乐表演荣誉艺术博士,美国科罗拉多州立大学声乐教授、硕士生导师,中国音乐家协会会员,美国声乐教师协会及音乐教师协会会员,中国国际文化交流中心艺术顾问、环球音乐共享国际联盟艺术总监,北美诗歌协会特邀艺术指导、堪萨斯城中美联合会艺术总监,内布拉斯加州华人协会艺术顾问,第四届奥斯卡好莱坞中国之夜庆典音乐总监。四川音乐学院歌剧与合唱系首位系主任及教授,捷克阿梅洛帕国际音乐节客座教授、解放军艺术学院、四川大学、重庆大学、西南大学、成都电子科技大学及中山学院、燕山大学、成都大学、长江师范学院、四川传媒学院、阿坝师范学院等知名211.985重点大学客座教授。

作为中美高等教育史上迄今为止唯一获得三所美国大学荣誉博士学位的中国声乐表演艺术家、教育家。张莉曾成功在捷克共和国捷克总统出席的国家新年音乐会上担任主唱;在捷克本土担任德沃夏克的歌剧《水仙女》女主角:露莎卡;在布拉格斯美塔那音乐厅多次与北捷克爱乐成功合作,担任主唱;在奥地利纪念贝多芬专场音乐会与奥地利马丁爱乐成功合作《贝九》女高音领唱;在台北中山堂与台北交响乐团成功合作黄自的清唱剧《长恨歌》,担任女主角“杨贵妃”;在美国科罗拉多州声乐艺术节中三次成功出演歌剧《蝴蝶夫人》,担任女主角“乔巧桑”;在纽约卡内基音乐厅演唱中国歌剧《雷雨》选段;在歌剧《雷雨》(上海歌剧院版及天津歌剧院版)担任女一号:繁漪;在歌剧《江姐》、《唐璜》、《艺术家的生涯》、《茶花女》、《蝴蝶夫人》等经典歌剧中成功扮演女主角;成功与丹弗爱乐、丹弗管乐、柏林交响乐团合作,担任莫扎特C小调弥撒及贝多芬C大调弥撒女高音领唱及马勒的艺术歌曲《午夜》及新年音乐会主唱,与德国柏林交响乐团成功合作2020新年音乐会,2021登上《亚旅周刊》封面,被誉为“乐海明珠”。疫情期间,担任大华府侨学界联席会举办的全美中秋暨国庆和春晚以及2021为表彰亚裔对美国卓越贡献的“亚太月”重大晚会上代表中国参加压轴主唱、美国北京联合会主办的春晚、美中音乐家协会主办的“春之韵”专场音乐会以及北美诗歌协会:1、母亲节诗歌朗诵音乐会;2、2022中美新年庆典诗会、《华星璀璨中秋夜,皓月辉映五洲请》2021北美中秋晚会、2021旅美科技协会全球创新峰会等大型活动压轴主唱,应邀担任2021全美声乐教师协会主办的《全美国声乐比赛》评委。

张莉除歌声响遍欧美世界舞台和中国两岸三地外,还潜心教学,在中美和欧洲执教,讲学、举办声乐大师班和个人独唱音乐会等。包括在世界顶尖的纽约茱莉亚音乐学院、科罗拉学院、东新墨西哥大学、底特律劳伦斯技术大学、德克萨斯大学、纽约州立大学、新墨西哥州立大学、洛杉矶欧拜欧拉音乐学院以及纽约市、弗吉尼亚、温哥华、维也纳、布拉格、捷克阿梅洛帕音乐节等。作为继帕瓦罗蒂之后,中国第一位荣获美国国会嘉奖的歌唱家,2008年9月14日应邀在中国国家大剧院成功举办独唱音乐会,同年10月初在美国底特律南园市成功举办独唱音乐会,获得了密西根州政府嘉奖状,2008年10月3日美国底特律南园市命名为“张莉日”。中央电视台音乐频道于2009年热播了六集专题片,独家采访张莉,对她的艺术成就予以高度评价。央视国际频道《华人世界》于2010年以及2018年两次独家采访张莉, 对张莉的艺术造诣赞赏有佳。 2009年10月1日共和国60周年大庆,中央电视台音乐频道播放了由张莉作词并演唱的《祖国,我为你尽情歌唱》。

作为致力于中国与欧美文化艺术交流的歌唱家和形象大使,张莉教授的歌声遍及洛杉矶、旧金山、拉斯维加斯、丹佛、纽约、华盛顿、芝加哥、费城、底特律、新墨西哥州、德克萨斯州、维也纳、布拉格、台北等地,北京居庸关万里长城、人民大会堂、中央音乐学院及中国各地的高等艺术院校也留下了她的足迹,美国洛杉矶《每日新闻报》曾盛赞张莉是“复合节的百合花”,好莱坞波尔日出盛典组委会主席诺玛·福斯特认为:张莉的国际化嗓音深受世界人民的喜爱,她演唱的《让世界充满和平》对维护世界和平有特殊的意义。作为中美两国高校音乐文化交流的使者,张莉教授在从教近四十余载中,不仅举办了无数的声乐大师班和音乐会,同时在活跃世界声乐舞台上,被誉为中国天才学者型歌唱家。

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The Twelfth KCCAA Community Service Award

In 2010, the Kansas City Chinese American Association (KCCAA) established an annual KCCAA Community Service Award to encourage elementary and secondary school students in the greater Kansas City area to develop a stronger awareness of, and to inspire active participation in, community service. In the past several years, we have seen an increasing number of young students engaging in volunteer work, particularly under the leadership of KCCAA Youth Hope Fund. More and more young people have experienced the personal satisfaction of helping others. In order to honor their selfless efforts and to encourage others to follow their examples, KCCAA will recognize some of their most outstanding efforts to help others in our community. There will be three levels of recognitions: one first place, two second places, and three third places, evaluated based on the criteria below. To emphasize the fundamental rewards of community service, the awardees will be given plaques, scholarships, and will be announced during the KCCAA’s Chinese New Year Gala (online). 

This award may be offered to any primary or secondary school student in the greater Kansas City area. Any qualified student may apply. 

Requirements: an applicant must –  

  1. Be an elementary or secondary school student (grades 1 through 12). 
  2. Have participated in some form of volunteer work or community service (without compensation) during the past year. 

Evaluation criteria for awards: 

  • Activities that emphasize service to others in need will be valued over experiences designed primarily as learning experiences for the applicant. The substance and impact of service will carry more weight than the number of hours served.  
  • Initiative and leadership in the organization of group efforts to serve others will also be taken into consideration. Fundraising activities to benefit others will carry considerable weight in the judge’s decisions. However, direct service to others may be viewed as having more enduring significance. The age of the applicant will be taken into consideration by the judges.    

Application procedures:  

Submit an application by email to kccaa.award@gmail.com by January 3rd, 2022.  

The application letter should include the student’s name, school, and contact information for their school. A list of the student’s community as well as a description of their community service experiences during 2021 must be included.  The student shall also submit a one-page essay describing the benefits of their service to others.  The essay should also include their reflections on lessons learned from his or her service …

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KCCAA 2022 Chinese New Year Celebration

KCCAA kindly invites you to join us online at 7:30pm CST on January 29, 2022 to celebrate 2022 Chinese New Year together.

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KCCAA Fundraising Proposal to Support Henan, China

“心系河南 驰援灾区“捐款倡议书

近日,河南郑州,漯河,开封,新乡,鹤壁,安阳等地遭受了百年不遇的特大暴雨灾害,造成了重大的人员伤亡和财产损失,牵动了亿万人民的心。地铁停运,水、电等基础设施损坏,人民生活受到了严重危害。

暴雨无情,人间有爱,一方有难,八方支援。作为海外的华人华侨,堪城中美联合会已经在第一时间联系了河南省侨务处,了解到最新的灾区和需求情况,并跟中国少年儿童文化艺术基金会建立了合作关系,计划定向捐助河南省的一所受灾学校。除了从资金上帮助受灾学校的重建,我们还计划在灾后继续给学校提供英语和其他学科的教学支持,以长期可持续性的方式帮助到更多有需要的人。在此,我们倡议堪城的华人华侨和我们中美社区的各界朋友伸出援助之手,积极参与此次募捐活动。河南省是我们堪萨斯州在中国的友好省份。能力不分大小,捐款不分多少,让我们一起帮助河南人民度过难关,重建家园。让点点星光汇聚河南,给河南同胞送去万千暖意。

风雨面前,我们一起扛!中原挺起,河南加油!

捐款方式:

1)将钱直接转入KCCAA PayPal 账户,并告知姓名以便记录:kccaa20@gmail.com

2) 支票邮寄地址:

KCCAA, 7327 Campbell St., Kansas City, MO 64131

衷心感谢大家的支持!

Fundraising Proposal to Support Henan, China

As you may already know from the news, China’s Henan Province has been affected by severe flooding, caused by a period of prolonged heavy rainfall since July 17, 2021. As of today July 25, at least 63 people were killed, 5 went missing, 815,000 people were evacuated, 1.1 million were relocated, and 9.3 million people were affected. There is still no water, electricity, and communication in many part of the cities.

Within short time, KCCAA has reached out to Henan province to gain the first-hand information on the emergency need in the area. In the meantime, KCCAA have established a partnership with China Foundation of Culture and Art for Children (CFCAC), to provide long term sustainable financial and educational support to a dedicate school that was damaged during the flood. KCCAA calls on our Chinese American community, friends, and local businesses to support our effort and show our love and care to the people of Henan, the sister state/province of Kansas.

Please join us together for this support, and we are all in this together!

Donation via:

1). PayPal – Directly donate money into our KCCAA PayPal account, and please leave your name for record: kccaa20@gmail.com

2) Check – Make a check payable to “KCCAA” with below address:

KCCAA, 7327 Campbell St., Kansas City, MO 64131

Thank you everyone for your support!…

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