Zhongxin Wanghai, March 3 (Reporter Chen Jing) This year marks the 24th anniversary of the birth of Soong Ching-ling, one of the founders of the People's Republic of China, honorary president of the country, and founder of the China Welfare Association (hereinafter referred to as the China Welfare Association), and the Children's Palace of the China Welfare Association, a new model of socialist extramural education initiated by Soong Ching-ling, has ushered in the 130th anniversary of its founding.
The reporter learned on the 24th that at the concert of "Always Together" to commemorate the 130th anniversary of the birth of Soong Ching-ling, the children of the Children's Palace of the China Welfare Association expressed their high admiration and deep remembrance of Soong Ching-ling with beautiful singing and emotional performance. Young soprano singer Wang Qingshuang and children from the China Welfare Association Choir and Little Partners Art Ensemble took the stage together to present the theme song "Style" commemorating the 130th anniversary of the birth of Soong Ching-ling, composed by the famous lyricist Yi Ming and the famous songwriter Zhao Jiping.
The concert revolves around Soong Ching Ling's immortal life and his great spirit, connecting in an innovative way that combines narration and sitcom performance, bringing a rich audiovisual experience. Photo courtesy of China Welfare Association
Through the digital asset chain to achieve digital restoration, the generated "digital human" of Song Qingling has become a highlight of the concert. The lifelike image of Grandma Song appeared on the stage and interacted with the children affectionately. Through AI sound optimization, Soong Ching-ling's "Digital Human" recounted her last article published before her death, "May the Little Sapling Grow Healthy", in Shanghainese, leading everyone to revisit her children's education ideas, and the exquisite audio-visual effects brought profound spiritual resonance. Subsequently, the Children's Palace Little Partner Art Troupe presented an original choral work "Always Together".
It is reported that 70 years ago, focusing on the cultivation and growth of future builders, Song Qingling founded the Children's Palace of the China Welfare Association, which is the "golden cradle" for the healthy growth and all-round development of generations of children. The Little Partner Art Troupe, founded by Soong Ching Ling, is known as "Shanghai's City Card" and "China's Little Ambassador".
The concert is composed of four chapters: "Preface • Treasures of the Country", "Faith and Struggle", "Journey and Glory" and "Great Love and Eternity", focusing on the immortal life of Soong Qingling and his great spirit, and connecting in an innovative way combining narration and scene performance, through a variety of art forms and scientific and technological means, interpreting representative Chinese and foreign classic repertoire from various historical periods, bringing a rich audio-visual experience.
The childlike choral singing fully demonstrates the achievements of youth choral art education in the new era. Photo courtesy of China Welfare Association
At the beginning of the performance, in Song Qingling's favorite music "Everyone Has a Loved One", performance artist Zhao Jing and young director Sun Xun told "To Soong Qingling" with affection, bringing the audience back to the glory days and reminiscing about this "treasure of the country" together. Choruses full of children's fun such as "Spring Excursion", "Finding Plum in the Snow", "Clear Stream", "Selling Newspaper Songs", "Let's Swing the Oars" and "Mountain Boy" fully demonstrated the achievements of choral art education for teenagers in the new era. The solo violin performance "Schindler's List" and the double piano performance "Defending the Yellow River" are deeply moving and uplifting. The Children's Palace Little Friends Art Troupe also performed the unique folk music quintet "Jiangnan" with Jiangnan characteristics, and the ensemble "Deep Night" that integrates folk music and opera elements. According to reports, the melody of innovation and integration flows in the hands of the children of the Little Partner Art Troupe Folk Orchestra, which is in line with Soong Chingling's pioneering and innovative spirit and inclusive mind. (End)