WHAT: Soprano Li "Lily" Zhang, a Chinese opera star, will sing both western and eastern classical pieces in a concert sponsored by the World American Cultural Exchanges and Lawrence Technological University. General admission is $15, and student admission is $5. For tickets and information, call (248) 204-2400.
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Architecture Building auditorium (A200), 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield. The Architecture Building is #7 on the Lawrence Tech campus map at this (link).
WHO: Zhang, a voice professor at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China, has given more than 1,000 performances of Chinese art songs and folk songs. She also performs western classical pieces in Italian, German, French, English and Latin. More than 1.3 billion Chinese has seen her performances. She will be accompanied by Kevin Bylsma, a professor at Bowling Green State University.
WHY: Zhang is the first Chinese voice professor to be recognized by William Penn University, which gave her an honorary doctorate degree in musical performance. She was the first Chinese artist to win the Super Star Halo Award from the Southern California Motion Picture Council. She is the first soprano to win the grand title "Top Ten Singers in China" three times. She was the first Chinese soprano to have her solo concert at China National Grand Theater. She was the first Chinese artist awarded the Certificate of Commendation from U.S. House of Representatives. She has won hundreds of awards and prizes throughout the world.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.