The Yang & Olivia Arts Foundation

Recipient of the USArtist grant of the Mid Atlantic Foundation

The Yang and Olivia Arts Foundation

Founded in January 2018, the Yang and Olivia Arts Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization aiming to provide a platform embracing diversity, equality and inclusion. Since the pandemic, the duo has dedicated its performances to contemporary works by Taiwanese women composers, American composers residing in Asian countries, and world premiering works by non-American composers in the United States. They are also very passionate about bringing in musicians of diverse cultural and musical backgrounds to different parts of the world, featuring music of various ethnic influences. The organization supports educational opportunities for the youth by coordinating events where professionals from different diversity groups share their ideas in the format of performances, lectures, masterclasses and applied lessons. Events may be 1. overseas study tours for the youth, 2. international music festivals or workshops, and 3. local music performances in the US featuring music with mixed culture influence. Please continue to support our music mission, meanwhile, check out below for what we have done in the past. Please continue to support our music mission, meanwhile, check out below for what we have done in the past.

璇扬艺术中心成立于2018年,是美国一个以古典音乐做国际文化交流的非营利机构。本组织的使命在于举办跨国界专业演奏,讲课及大师班来培养教育下一代的年轻人。项目可以包括 1. 国际游学 2. 国际音乐节或讲习会 3. 提升普遍听众的文化素养的当地音乐会。

在2018年的项目里,璇扬艺术中心邀请了来自六个国家的十人室内乐团体Momento Virtuosi到青岛参加西岸国际音乐节,由妙海韵美乐文化交流有限公司主办。

2019年,基金會協助芝加哥音樂教育募款活動,以璇揚二重奏演奏會募款40萬美金為目標,在伊利諾理工學院Herman Hall與Vandercook音樂學院舉辦大型演出。

2020年,因新冠病毒在全球肆虐,基金会的项目占停。但是我们活跃于线上直播,致力于隔离期间的音乐传播。目前透过直播已帮助一些音乐演出机构及学校募款,并提供私人机构线上音乐节目。彼此能够透过直播音乐在网上沟通连结,互相支持渡过难关。

5000-MILE JOURNEY

is a theme we give to our 2022 outreach. Inspired by our own travels and by the influence of travel on musical styles, we present a program that includes works by a Taiwanese female composer who incorporates ethnic children’s folk songs in her music, an American composer who incorporates Cuban dance music, and ancient Chinese folk tunes arranged for western instruments during a dark time in China when anything western was banned. You will even hear the story of how Mozart traveled hundreds of miles to advance his career and how that effort came to a disappointing end.

We are fortunate to live in an era where the music of all the cultures of the world is easily accessible and musicians are able to draw upon this diversity of cultures. Though music can “travel” more quickly these days, over the course of history, as people traveled thousands of miles to trade between the west and the east for goods such as produce, spices, gold, leather… etc., music traveled along with them. This program showcases the richness and complexities of different music styles and the stories behind them. .

Highlights

Our event highlight in 2018 includes a chamber music concert by Momento Virtuosi, a dynamic ensemble of 10 members from 6 different countries featuring programs of diverse instrumentations. This performance is part of the Qingdao West Coast International Music Festival, co-promoted by Qingdao Miao Haiyun Harmony Road Cultural Exchange Co., Ltd. For information on Momento Virtuosi, check out Momento Virtuosi

Fundraising for music education

In 2019, Yang and Olivia foundation gives a fundraising concert for VanderCook College of Music, promoting music education in greater Chicago area. Primary goals include fostering a deeper connection between Illinois Tech, VCM, Bridgeport, and Chinatown, raising awareness for VCM and Illinois Tech within the surrounding communities, and engaging any number of organizations in the process. The concert also aims to raise funds for the refurbish of the performance space colloquially known as the “New Building,” a massive financial undertaking with spectacularly ambitious results. The refurbished space will serve as a performance area that will allow VanderCook to host concerts in a space very close to home.