SHANGHAI, Jan. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On the evening of January 1st, the "Love under the Blue Sky - Amway's New Year Charity Concert" was held at the Shanghai Grand Theatre. Song Yiqiao, vice chairman of Shanghai Charity Foundation, delivered an ebullient New Year speech and wished the best for the New Year to all those who had donated to Shanghai's many charities. Besides Mr. Song, Feng Guoqin, Chairman of the Shanghai Charity Foundation, Jiang Yiren, a consultant to the organization and Luo Shiqian, its chief supervisor as well as Zhu Qinhao, director general of the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau in addition to other officials and more than one thousand donors took part in the event.
The annual "Love under the Blue Sky - Amway's New Year Charity Concert" is a charitable cultural event put together by the Shanghai Charity Foundation following 19 years of preparations. The 2016 concert is a significant event co-hosted by the Shanghai Charity Foundation, its 10+-year partner Amway, and Shanghai Foreign Cultural Exchange. Musicians from the Moscow Concert Hall Symphony Orchestra were invited to perform at the event.
Established in 1939, in its early years, the Moscow Concert Hall Symphony Orchestra was led by reputable former Soviet Union conductors, including USSR State Symphony Orchestra chief conductors Konstantin Ivanov and Evgeny Svetlanov.
The Moscow Concert Hall Symphony Orchestra has established partnerships with a number of well-known conductors including Russia's Kata Aliyev and Poland's Czeslaw Grabovski, pianists such as the UK's Dmitri Alexeev and Poland's Marcin Sikorski and singers including the UK's Cyrus Dina. The Moscow Concert Hall Symphony Orchestra is well recognized for its performance of both popular contemporary music as well classical works from Russian composers. The orchestra's record albums have received international music awards. Since 1990, the orchestra has performed across Europe and been warmly welcomed in Italy, Germany, France, Spain and Switzerland. In 2011, the orchestra took part in Russian-themed music festivals held in Japan and South Korea. It also aroused huge interest among audiences in more than 30 performances worldwide.
Musicians from the Moscow Concert Hall Symphony Orchestra performed several Russian classical titles, including Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Suite and The Nutcracker as well as the popular Russian song, Katyusha, well-known titles that resonated with concert goers.
Amway has always been committed to bringing a better understanding of the beauty of life and the essence of love to everyone across the globe. First held in 2004, the Love under the Blue Sky - Amway's New Year Charity Concert, is now into its eleventh year. Amway has held New Year's charity concerts in several cities each year in celebration of the upcoming New Year, enabling audiences to enjoy the beauty and wonderment of music while raising money for at-risk children. As of 2015, Amway has held 87 New Year's charity concerts in 25 cities in cooperation with several charity organizations, providing enjoyment for 110,000 concert goers and raising nearly 9 million yuan (approx. US$1.4 million) in funding. For the past 12 years, over 22,000 at-risk children have benefited from the project, while some of the children have seen a true change in their destiny as a result of the undertaking.
Officials who attended the event:
Standing vice chairman of the Shanghai Charity Foundation Shi Derong; four vice chairpersons: JinMinzhu, Wu Ming, XieLingli and Yao Zongqiang; vice chairman and secretary general Fang Guoping; honorary vice chairpersons: GuoKairong, Xia Xiurong and Yang Wenying; honorary director Xia Yongfang; directors: Xu Peili and Zheng Lizhen; supervisory officials: Wang Xiaopeng, Shen Cuiying, Chen Huaming, Bing Aidi and Xu Xiaoqing; standing vice secretaries general: Ma Zhongqi and Wu Qiuzhen, and vice secretaries general: Zhang Xieshu, Liu Shuying and Qi Shen.
Member of the Organization Department of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee Hong Jihao; deputy director of the Political Department of the Shanghai Garrison XieYahong; deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Information Office Yang Jun; deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Ethnic and Religious Affairs Wang Xinhua; deputy director of the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Civil Affairs Zhou Jingbo; vice chairman of the Shanghai General Labor Union HouJijun; standing vice chairman of the Red Cross Society of China Shanghai branch Gao Jiechun; vice chairman Tang Guocai and directors Zhang Zaiyang, Li Ziwei and CaiZhirong of the Shanghai Senior Citizens Foundation; vice secretary general Gan Weigang; vice chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Welfare Foundation for the Disabled Xiao Xingtao; chairman of the Shanghai Volunteer Service Foundation Chen Zhenmin; deputy secretary of the party committee of Radio and Television Shanghai Lin Luohua; and vice president of Amway (China) Huang Shengwen.
(The list of attendees is subject to change without prior notice)
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