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Lathrop High one of only 4 California stops for Chinese cultural show

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POSTED January 29, 2010 2:45 a.m.
LATHROP – Lathrop High School will be playing host to a cultural performing group from China today at 4:30 p.m.

The Lathrop campus is one of only four venues in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area where the Beijing Guangqumen High School Art Group will present a concert during their two-week tour. The group will perform with the Lathrop High School Band and Choir in Lathrop High’s Performing Arts Theater located at 647 Lathrop Road.

The Chinese group’s appearance in Lathrop was arranged by the Lathrop Citizens Group headed by J. Chaka Santos.

Attending the performance will be area high school music students, and any remaining seats will be open to the public by reservation, according to the Citizens Group. Those who wish to reserve a seat may send their requests via e-mail to Rosanne at lathrop citizens group@yahoo.com.

According to information provided by Santos, the Beijing Guangqumen Art Group’s program will be in four parts: Chinese songs (including Fengyang flower-drum dance, the half-moon climbs up, and jasmine flower); foreign songs (A summer’s day in Sweden, Beautiful Morpheus, Danny Boy, Relatives in Hometown and the gospel song Swing Low); instrumental music (flute and piano solos); and dance (pas de deux).

The Chinese performers are traveling from Los Angeles by bus to San Francisco.
Lian Zhang of Angel International Exchange Ltd. headquartered in San Francisco said in a letter to Santos that the high school group from China “are anxious to meet more American students here by offering” the free performances.

“At the same time, they are representing high school students from Beijing in order to invite American students to visit China for participation in ongoing programs of either summer or winter camps through music, arts and science programs,” added Zhiang in her letter which was also sent to Lathrop High School principal David Chamberlain.

The Angel International Exchange program, in the last five years, has organized more than 10 China-U.S. Student Winter/Summer Camps which comprised of about 800 students from China visiting the United States, and about 50 American students visiting China.
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