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Saluting Cultural Exchange: Reunion of the First Five Students from Shanghai

Mayor Dianne Feinstein with the original Shanghai Exchange Students


Sol Joseph Recital Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Free, reservations required

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SFCM Presidential Alumni Council Chair Gary Rust ’83 invites you to join us for this special centennial Alumni Artist Insights event honoring SFCM’s original five exchange students from Shanghai. SFCM alumni Weigang Li, Paner Ying, Chunming Mo, Jue Yao, and Tian Jiang will reunite at the Conservatory for a special performance and discussion about cultural exchange and the important impact of their arrival at SFCM.

The Shanghai and San Francisco Conservatories of Music have cultivated a special relationship since these first students from the Shanghai Conservatory came to study in San Francisco in 1981, only one year after leaders from San Francisco and Shanghai signed the first Sister City agreement between the United States and China. Over the next few decades, many of Shanghai’s most promising graduates have come to the SFCM to continue their training.


Sha Han-Kun
Shepherd Song

Frédéric Chopin
Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat Minor, Op. 31

Fritz Kreisler
Schön Rosemarie

Joseph Kosma (arr. by Yiruma)
Autumn Leaves

Niccolò Paganini
Cantabile for Violin and Piano in D Major, Op. 17

Dmitri Shostakovich
Five Pieces for Two Violins and Piano                                               


Tian Jiang, piano
Weigang Li, violin
Chunming Mo, violin
Jue Yao, violin
Paner Ying, piano

About Alumni Artist Insights

The Alumni Artist Insights is a performance and artist talk that showcases the stories behind performing alumni. The interactive format shares the artist’s journey with audiences and brings insight into the music and the performance.