文/陈健中 翻译/蔡美玉 CoCo
In this our third BoAi concert, I am pleased to continue the proud tradition of excellence that our Choir of Zhongshan Secondary School Alumni Association has upheld for many years. This has been an extraordinary year for our choir, both in terms of our growth as a group, and our repertoire of songs. It is with particular joy that I welcome new members, including many younger voices, to our team.
As a third-generation immigrant, I have seen the struggles of some organizations in diversifying their membership, specifically the younger generation who are unwilling to participate despite the many resources at their disposal. The mission at ZhongZhong is to encourage collaboration between the young and the old, so that we may all learn from one another. To this purpose, the concert is a great opportunity to bring families together, whether through singing, volunteering, or listening, in the shared joy of music.
I have had the fortune of watching each of our concerts grow in both scale and reception, and it is owing to the generous contributions of time and effort of many families at ZhongZhong that we have come this far. I joined the choir as the conductor at the invitation of Chen Fumin, the previous director of ZhongZhong. Since its inception, our choir has received the assistance of many people, for which I am ever grateful. With each passing year, we grow together as a team, and we constantly seek to improve. Some of our younger members are studying music at university now, and I hope that they will return to continue the footsteps of the older generation in bringing our choir to new heights.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the director of ZhongZhong, Simon He for donating the piano, my choir members and their families, our sponsors, and the volunteers, without whom this concert would not have been possible. Furthermore, I want to thank ZSSAC for their help, and hope that they will be a part of our choir. I would also like to thank my wife and son for their unfailing encouragement and support.
At this time, I invite you to join us as we celebrate the many accomplishments of our talented members in this journey of music.