Echoes of Nature introduced traditional Chinese art and music to people from other cultures. Dr. Nan Liu is the associate art professor at Florida A&M University. Award-winning zheng master Haiqiong Deng is the director of Chinese Music Ensemble at Florida State University and has given lectures and performances throughout North America and China for audiences of all ages. Together, their lively presentation of traditional music, Chinese painting and calligraphy inspire and draw audiences closer to the magnificence of traditional Chinese culture. In addition, they have conducted energetic cross-cultural explorations in their own realms, including collaborating with American composers on contemporary pieces, creating new sounds inspired by world music cultures and creating art through different media. The North Florida School Tour visited six schools in Leon and Jefferson Counties.
“The arts play a critical role in stimulating creativity in our community. Opening Nights Performing Arts educational practices reach out and bring a crucial impact to our children and provide an important catalyst for learning, discovery and achievement.”
— Michael Obrecht, Director of Admissions at Maclay School
“Walmart continues to proudly sponsor Opening Nights North Florida School Tour because we believe in the value of arts in education,” said Monesia T. Brown, Director of Public Affairs & Government Relations for Walmart.