3 December 2017

CUHK organises Appreciation Dinner cum Chinese Cultural Night Featuring Tang Xianzu’s Masterpieces



The speedy growth of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), since its inception in 1963, has been made possible by the generous support from community leaders, alumni and friends of CUHK, which has guided  the University to move from strength to strength and become a world-leading institution. In recognition of the unwavering contributions from our benefactors, the “Appreciation Dinner cum Chinese Cultural Night Featuring Tang Xianzu’s Masterpieces” was held yesterday (2 December) at the Sir Run Run Shaw Hall of CUHK. Over 160 major benefactors, friends, alumni, faculty members and staff of CUHK joined this joyous occasion.

Prof. Joseph Sung, Vice-Chancellor and President of CUHK, expressed his gratitude to our benefactors in his welcoming remarks. “In the past seven years, during my tenure as the University’s Vice-Chancellor and President, I have been privileged to get to know all our supporters sitting here, and to witness the rapid development of the University together. The growth of CUHK in the past 50 or so years was not without challenges, and we are truly grateful for the unfailing support from our benefactors. With your support, the University is able to increase its strength and competitiveness in teaching, research and community service, and can nurture our students to become the future pillars of society.”

Dr. Norman Leung, Chairman of the University Council of CUHK, accompanied by Prof. Joseph Sung, the Provost, Vice-Presidents and Associate Vice-President, proposed a toast of thanks to the distinguished guests for gracing the event with their presence. Before the commencement of the performance, Prof. Sung presented a souvenir to Mr. Sherman Tang, a descendant of Master Tang Xianzu, and sponsor of the performance. Prof. Sung also thanked Dr. Alice Lam and Dr. Anita Leung for their long-term support towards a wide range of Chinese cultural activities initiated by CUHK.

After the donor appreciation dinner, there were five brilliant performances featuring the masterpieces of Tang Xianzu, a renowned playwright of the Ming Dynasty, including Peking opera, Cantonese opera, Pintan, Kunqu and Chinese music. A number of world-class performers showcased the essence of Chinese arts and culture, including first class national actors and actresses Mr. Wang Lijun, Mr. Gao Bowen, Ms. Yue Meiti and Ms. Zhang Jingxian, famous Cantonese opera master Mr. Yuen Siu-fai, and Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association. Over 300 CUHK students were invited to watch the performances and to appreciate the beauty of Chinese art and culture.

Prof. Joseph Sung delivers the opening remarks.
Prof. Joseph Sung delivers the opening remarks.

Dr. Normal Leung, the University Council Chairman (3rd right), together with Prof. Joseph Sung, the Provost, Vice-Presidents and Associate Vice-President, propose a toast of thanks to more than 160 distinguished guests for gracing the event with their presence.
Dr. Normal Leung, the University Council Chairman (3rd right), together with Prof. Joseph Sung, the Provost, Vice-Presidents and Associate Vice-President, propose a toast of thanks to more than 160 distinguished guests for gracing the event with their presence.

Prof. Joseph Sung, accompanied by Dr. Alice Lam (1st left) and Dr. Anita Leung (1st right), presents a souvenir to Mr. Sherman Tang, a descendant of Master Tang Xianzu.
Prof. Joseph Sung, accompanied by Dr. Alice Lam (1st left) and Dr. Anita Leung (1st right), presents a souvenir to Mr. Sherman Tang, a descendant of Master Tang Xianzu.

Mr. Wang Lijun performs Peking opera.
Mr. Wang Lijun performs Peking opera.

Ms. Yue Meiti performs Cantonese opera.
Ms. Yue Meiti performs Cantonese opera.

Mr. Gao Bowen and Ms. Lu Jinhua perform Pintan.
Mr. Gao Bowen and Ms. Lu Jinhua perform Pintan.

Ms. Yue Meiti and Ms. Zhang Jingxian perform Kunqu.
Ms. Yue Meiti and Ms. Zhang Jingxian perform Kunqu.

Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association performs Chinese music.
Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association performs Chinese music.

Group photo of all distinguished guests.
Group photo of all distinguished guests.