Dragon boat Chinese Restaurant in Harbourside shopping centre, Darling Harbour hosted a VIP event to support and promote the show “Memories in Shanghai – Passionate in Sydney” – the show for traditional music star, Yang Xuejin who is here to bring the sound of folk opera to Australia.
Performing for one night at Star City, on Monday 18th June, Yang Xuejin’s friends and supporters visited Dragon Boat for a celebratory dinner.
The restaurant was set up for a beautiful dinner, complete with wine and lucky door prizes.
We started off with an traditional entree: the bbq plate with roast duck, bbq pork, beef shin, and jellyfish.
We then shared fried rice, beef and snow peas (that had a wasabi flavour) and mushrooms.
Guests heard from some speakers and a musical performance.
Dragon boat is the perfect location to host his event, with plenty of space and views of Darling Harbour. Fireworks are also visible as well as the lights of Vivid.
What an enjoyable event to experience and it’s amazing to see how the restaurant supports and showcases China’s fine food, music and culture.
We were lucky to receive some tickets from the venue to listen to this show.
Organised by the Australia International Culture Industries Association and held at the Star Event Centre it was a rare chance for audiences in Australia to be delighted with the music of Yang Xuejin.
Yang Xuejin, hailing from the Yunnan Province, is known for the song “there Is a Beautiful Place”, amongst numerous others. She performed a solo concert of her classic songs.
Extremely experienced, she is a graduate of Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Professor and master tutor of the Vocal Opera Department there.
She has performed around the world including at the Champs Élysées in France and even in the Golden Hall of Vienna.
Known for singing Chinese folk songs. She performed a number of these songs at her special concert, showcasing her sweet and sincere voice which ha broad vocal range. Some songs were gentle and others quite upbeat and poppy.
She entertained the crowds and the show was a lovely demonstration of her beautiful voice.
The orchestra was conducted by first class composer and conductor Tu Bahai. The MC of the event was Wang Yong.
The Shanghai pop music orchestra also showed their talents on the viola, trombone, cello, saxophone and more.
We also heard from the group of Yong Sopranos, graduate students who were also hugely talented.
Thanks to Dragon boat restaurant for the invitation to dine and tickets for the event.