December 7, 2013, Saturday, Houston On this early winter evening, though the weather was beautiful with a touch of pleasant coolness, there was no star visible on the sky as they all gathered at the Stafford Center, ready to shine against the dark backdrop and velvet curtain at a variety entitled “Oriental Impression 2013” organized by OAEC. The show turned out to be a great success and very inspirational.
The whole performances were packed with dances, from ballet to folk to modern, both western and traditional Chinese instruments, and mixtures of theater plays and vocal programs, as well as modeling, and all together, the evening provided an outstanding visual and audio feast for audiences.
Guests of honor, Mme. Xu Erwen, Consul General of Chinese Consulate in Houston, Mr. Zhang Chuanbing, Deputy Consul General, Mme. Cai Lian and Mr. Yang Song, Cultural Consellor, highly appraised the show after watching the performances.
The performances hit audiences in waves. The first wave was from OAEC dance troupes. Led by experienced and professional teachers, the young dancers became experts at moving their arms around gracefully and skipping around on their tiptoes in glamorous costumes. The highlight of dance team and probably the favorite part of the night to many viewers was the solo “In Memory” from teacher Mr. Liu Chang. Mr. Liu did it in the style of his own. It was not just one dance, but an inspirational journey that he took people on.
The night proceeded with presentations from the instrument department, performing wonderful music pieces popular in both China and the US. Piano teacher Ms. Zhou Yiming, and Guzheng teacher Ms. Wei Shiwei performed with such beauty, passion, and skill that almost took audiences’ breath away.
The third wave was from the theatre play and vocal group. Parents and guests were deeply delighted by the innocent voices and performances. It took courage and practices for these very young performers to present such lively show onstage.
The show ended with the stunning and rather professionally modeling practices by the teen model queens. All viewers were truly impressed by their beauty, elegance and confidence. To parents’ great satisfactions, all kids onstage this night have elevated themselves from unexpected to expected, and then to extraordinary. They were the brightest stars tonight. It was also an excellent example of what students can achieve given ample practices and encouragement by professional mentors from the OAEC.
Reaction to the show was enthusiastic. Nancy Henderek – OAEC Honorary Adviser commented through SMS, “What a wonderful production! Thanks you! Dancers looked good, costumes & background pictures beautiful, music & choreography designed well! Great Job!”
Parents and audiences either “enjoyed every minute of it”, or were proud of the kids “did it!”, or beamed at “great programs, wonderful lights and stage, beautiful costumes.”
It’s the best time of the year. While people are enjoying everything the season brings – family, love, celebration, it’s a great honor for OAEC to present its gift box with superb performances, lots of smiles and laughers, and maybe a little bit of tears, and most importantly, great memories to all our families and friends. Thanks to all of the students, parents, teachers, backstage staff and audiences, who helped make the performance such a great accomplishment. Without your support, the OAEC wouldn’t be able to present this cheerful night with all kinds of wonderful presentations. While “Oriental Impression” has become a tradition for this holiday season in Houston, the journey for OAEC has just begun! We are about to plan for our next events . . . stay tuned!