Imagine a Juilliard Institute, a “Fame” school and perhaps a Bela Karolyi Gymnastics Institute rolled into one, and you might have the equivalent of the Shanghai Children’s Palace.
The Children’s Palace, founded by Soong Ching Ling, wife of Sun Yat-Sen, the founder of modern China and an ‘Iolani grad, was the first arts and academic institution for children to be established in the Peoples Republic of China, and remains one of its most prestigious. A group of 45 children from the institution will be giving a performance tonight showcasing the many young artists who study at the school.
This is the fourth time that the Shanghai Children’s Palace has sent a group to Hawaii, but the first in nearly 10 years. The government-backed organization has also sent group to perform at the White House and throughout Europe and Asia.
The Olana Ai Hula Halau will be joining the visitors to make it a multicultural affair.
Shanghai Children’s Palace
featuring 45 of China’s most talented children
» When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
» Where: Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave.
» Cost: $15-$35
» Call: 591-2211 or 286-0506