What made SF famous in the 50′s were the Beatniks on Upper Grant (N Beach) and the busy live poultry markets on Lower Grant (Chinatown Sandwiched the two Grant Ave’s two distinct colorful neighborhoods was Broadway, Coral Doda for her famous boobs…….
Today? Upper Grant is so “so peaceful, and clean, ” except for a few bars, and lower Grant is so quite that merchants wish more pedestrians would shop at their art good stores. As for Broadway? what can one say?……
Chinatown and NB were both recently recognized for its unique neighborhoods. Both hoods contribute to City Hall with a hefty yearly $7 billioin in revenue from tourist industry. City Hall takes for granted this cash cow will survive on it’s own and turns a blink eye and a deaf ear on its number one green industry opt for the destructions of historical buildings for a questionable Central Subway, chasing every artist out, claiming they are “driving customers away” on Broadway!
I ask, what is SF without its street musicians, living artists, historical buildings? Will visitors ditch the cable cars, for riding the subway all the way Fisherman’s Wharf?
This year the Autumn Moon Festival falls on the 19th September. As it so happens, the Sea Music Festival to take place at the Hyde Street Pier, coincides with this major celebration in SF Chinatown on Sept. 14th.
The story of this poplar opera is about a Sea Princess who asks a scholar named Liu Yi to deliver a letter to her father, the Emperor of the Sea to rescue her from an abusive husband and expresses her wish to return to the Sea Palace.
After returning to the Sea Palace, the Emperor arranges a “Miss Lu” to thank the scholar for saving the Princess’ life…. On the wedding night, the scholar, is confused about the resemblance of the Sea Princess with “Miss Lu,” his arranged bride. The Princess finally reveals her real identify. He is overjoyed to hear his true love is married to him!
Vocalists: Prof. Wilma Pang, Sea Princess, Ms. Peiling Zhao, Liu Yi the scholar.
Sea Music Festival
Saturday, September 14
2:00 P. M.
Chinese Instrumental Ensemble,SF
Autumn Moon Over Lake Ping
May Music Fill the Air
Vocalist: Pei Ling Zhao
Ode to Sea Coral
Guest Vocalist: Diana Ding
Beautiful Flowers and Full Moon (1)
Prof. Wilma Pang
A popular song of the 30′s sung in Mandarin
“Beautiful Flowers and Full Moon”(2)
Vocalists: Pei Ling Zhao
When Will I See You Again?
Vocalist: Wilma Pang
Note: This year, the Autumn Moon Festival falls the 15th day of the 8th Month in the Lunar calendar or on the 19th of September. This is the second largest Festival in Asia. As it so happens, the Sea Music Festival coincides with the Moon Festival. The selections for this program will be “sea” or “moon” related.
“Beautiful Flowers and the Full Moon” (2) is a very popular Cantonese opera aria from Liu Yi Delivers the Letter.
The story of this popular opera is about a Sea Princess who is married to an abusive husband. In desperation, she meets a scholar brave enough to help her. She asks the scholar to deliver a letter to her father, the Emperor of the Sea, to rescue her and expresses her wish to return to the Sea Palace.
At the Sea Palace, the Emperor thanks the scholar and matches him with a woman named “Miss Lu.” Little does the scholar know, “Miss Lu” is the Princess he has met and is in love with.
On the wedding night, he is confused about the resemblance of the Sea Princess with Miss. Lu, his arranged bride. Princess of the Sea finally tells him her real identity. He is overjoyed to hear his true love is married to him!
Wilma Pang “Princess of the Sea.”
Pei Ling Zhao, Liu Yi, the scholar.
Guest Vocalist: Diana Ding, founder of Ding Ding TV
Prof. Wilma Pang is a faculty member of the Music Dept. of City College of San Francisco who has performed extensively– nationally and internationally promoting Chinese songs. She currently organized and pioneered a program, Only in SF Chinatown, where traditional Chinese music is heard on Grant Avenue.
Ms. Pei Ling Zhao is known to sing the male roles in Cantonese opera.
Chinese Instrumental Ensemble, SF appears regularly in SF Chinatown.
This TV show is just a preview of the latest DVD. For more, please contact Wilma at 415 296 8701 or email: email@example.com.
ABCT (A Better Chinatown Tomorrow)
10th Anniversary of Chinese Tamales/Dragon Boat Festival in SF
Dragon Boat and Zhongzi (Chinese Tamale) Festival go hand in hand. Why is this delicious item eaten during the 5th day of the 5th month of the Lunar Calendar? Why there are Dragon Boat races through out China during that day? Prof. Pang will tell you the story in English in a segment featured in “Bay Area People” of Channel two produced by Rosy Chu.
In this segment, the focus is on highlighting the Cantonese-speaking community in San Francisco in the revival of this endangered art form which is considered by the UN as one the treasures of Chinese culture.
The large Cantonese-speaking population may hold the key to the revival of this endangered art form which has been recognized by the UN as one of the treasures of the world. Two excerpts sung by Prof. Wilma Pang and Lisa Liu, accompanied by the Chinese Instrumental Ensemble of A Better Chinatown Tomorrow.