CCCI Presents Once Upon a Full Moon: An Evening with Beauty and Melody

Here is an upcoming event from my good friend Z.J. Tong, the founder of Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute (CCCI) and a Chinese culture expert. He has made presentations at various universities, corporations and organizations and has been quoted mulitple times by publications such as Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Time, Crain’s Chicago Business, Gazette, and a recent live interview on WTTW. Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute presents Once Upon a Full Moon, an Evening with Beauty and Melody for their annual Moon Festival celebration. Direct from Sichuan, China, the breathtaking performance by Beauty and Melody Performing Troupe, an all-women traditional instrument ensemble will take you on a musical Journey from China’s ancient melodies to the contemporary rhythms of today.

If you’re in Chicago, you don’t want to miss this event. I was involved behind the scenes at last year’s Moon Festival Concert at the Chicago Cultural Center and I’ll be back in town for the event again this year.

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When: 7:30p.m., Friday, Sept. 17
Where: Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Street, Chicago
Cost: $15, $25, $35 and $75

Be a Backer to CCCI’s Moon Festival Concert

To be able to properly present Once Upon a Full Moon, an Evening with Beauty and Melody concert, Chicago Chinese Cultural Institute is asking for your support. Even if you are not attending the concert, you can consider supporting the project with your generous donation as small as $10 and the chance to be awarded with some wonderful “thank-you” prizes. Please visit the following website to make your pledge: If this project is successfully presented through this concert, CCCI would be able to bring more high-quality Chinese arts and cultural programs to you.

Update: Moon Festival Concert Postponed

I was recently notified by Z.J. Tong that the concert will be postponed. 4 members of the Beauty and Melody Performing Troupe were denied visas to the US.  Even though CCCI’s partner agency that was working on the visas had all band members approved their entry through US-based processing, these musicians were denied at the US Consulate in Chengdu, China. The band was scheduled to perform at the Harris Theater on Sept. 17. Right now they are working on substitute musicians and are pursuing possibility of rescheduling the concert to Mid-October if at all possible. But as for now, the concert for Friday, Sept. 17 will have to be postponed.

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