SJU Departments Collaborate for Hurricane Relief and Chinese Tradition with Music and Dance Recital

Monday, September 18, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 18, 2017)  — SJU’s Office of China Programs, the Nealis Program in Asian Studies and the Department of Music, Theatre and Film have organized an event on campus for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief. On September 21 at 7:30 p.m., the group is sponsoring a traditional Chinese music and dance recital at Bluett Theatre with a performance featuring artists from China and Saint Joseph’s students. Prior to the event, a reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Post Hall.  All proceeds from the event will be donated toward Hurricanes Harvey and Irma victims.

“When our guest musicians from China heard about the destruction caused by the hurricanes, they immediately volunteered to devote their time and talent to support the victims,” explains Julie Juan Yu, Ph.D., director of SJU’s China Programs. “We recognize that the enormous destruction and disruption has a very real and very painful human cost and we want to use this concert as a way to support those who have suffered.”

The accomplished Chinese musicians performing are esteemed faculty members of Changsha Normal University, a Saint Joseph’s partner university in China. Yu believes their art is a great medium to show the history of Chinese music. “The performance will take the audience on a fascinating journey through various genres and time periods of traditional Chinese music and dance,” she says. “It will show a collaboration between the East and the West.”

The SJU students performing are enrolled in the Introduction to World Music course on campus taught by Catharine Hughes, Ph.D., assistant professor of music. The student singers will perform and be involved with cultural exchange. At the concert, they will sing the classic Chinese folk song, “Mo Li Hua,” which translates to “Jasmine Flower.”

Hughes says this is a great opportunity for her students to involve themselves in a wider range of music. “The collaboration across programs is an important example of the University’s commitment to a diverse liberal arts education that transcends academic disciplinary distinctions,” she explains.

All proceeds from the recital will be donated to the SJU Harvey Relief Fund managed by SJU’s Student Union Board. Those attending the event should RSVP at: The event is free and open to the public; donations for hurricane relief are encouraged.





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