It is an honor and a privilege for Brigham Young University to come again to China with one of our performing ensembles. This trip is the 28th time our music and dance ensembles have come to perform since the Young Ambassadors first toured China in 1979. Over the course of those many years we have developed a great love for the Chinese people and the wonderful artistic and cultural traditions of your country.
We are humbled by the kind invitation of Deng Yijiang, Vice President of the National Center for the Performing Arts, to perform in this prestigious venue, known across the world for its excellence and beauty. The invitation to perform here is an experience that will impact the lives of our students forever, and we are most thankful they have been given this opportunity.
The 春华秋实 Festival celebrates the educational growth of arts students as they progress from the flowers of the spring to the fruit of the fall. Arts students at Brigham Young University have been recognized for their achievements in performance and academics for many years. In 2013 they have received many awards of merit at the highest national and international levels. From dance, visual arts and music, to communication, media arts and theatre, our students have excelled. We are proud of them and honor their accomplishments.
We recognize as well the abundant success of the students at this festival who come from the finest educational institutions across China. These excellent institutions are committed to the success of their students. In this goal, we are united. We hope all of these student participants will use their gifts to express to the world their conviction that beauty and goodness will always overcome the challenges and difficulties of life, and that through our work together we can preserve the best fruits of our cultures and societies for future generations.
We offer our sincere thanks for joining us tonight as we humbly share “Encounters” with you. May our love for the arts and our hope for the progress of our young people join our hearts in eternal friendship.
Stephen M. Jones, Dean
College of Fine Arts and Communications
Marilyn Berrett, Chair
Department of Dance