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Taiwanese a cappella boy band to perform at Queens College

| rmackay@queensny.org

Photo courtesy of VOX

This Sunday, a red hot a cappella group from Taiwan will perform at Queens College’s Colden Auditorium in Flushing.

VOX, a boy band under the mentorship of renowned musician Shoquan Li, will perform popular songs from various genres in English and Mandarin. Attendees can expect to hear everything from Eric Clapton to Lady Gaga to a hip-hop battle.

This concert is part of a 10-stop world tour, and there will be plenty of electricity in the air and maybe even some screaming youngsters. But the event is based on spirituality and helping others as VOX’s entire tour is a fundraiser for the Tzu Chi Foundation. In Mandarin, Tzu means “compassion,” while Chi signifies “relief,” and this foundation’s mission is to relieve suffering and create a better world by promoting altruistic love for others and selfless giving through volunteering.

The Tzu Chi Foundation was established in 1966, and its initiator is Dharma Master Cheng Yen, a devout Buddhist nun who is affectionately known as “The Mother Teresa of Asia.” She grew up in a rural, impoverished region of Taiwan and was convinced that people need spiritual wealth as well as material stability. Today, the foundation serves 10 million members in more than 90 countries over five continents, focusing on charity, medicine, education and humanity.


Queens College cuts ribbon on four renovated arts venues

| mchan@queenscourier.com


A ribbon-cutting ceremony at Queens College marked the completion of renovations to the campus’ four arts venues and the start of a “renaissance” throughout the borough, said the school’s top official.

“Today is a landmark for our arts center,” said Queens College President Dr. James Muyskens. “There is no other way to describe Queens College’s vision of the future than to call it the Queens renaissance. Our aspirations are that high, our commitment is that fierce, and the impact we can have is great.”

Four arts venues within the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts — the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Music Building, Goldstein Theatre, and Colden Auditorium — were officially reopened on June 11 after two years of interior and exterior renovations.

Renovations included redesigns and enhancements to the interior lobbies and facades, along with new landscaping and signage, and updated technical, HVAC and security systems.

“We believe that as part of this renaissance in Queens, we must expand our programs into the communities where our students and their families live and work. We can brighten so many lives by streaming live concerts and performances into schools, libraries and nursing homes by providing workshops, seminars and presentations off campus and so much more,” Muyskens said.

Officials at the institution also paid thanks to Max and Selma Kupferberg, the two benefactors who donated $10 million to the college in 2006 to support the arts.

“The borough of Queens is on the brink of perhaps the most exciting time in its history,” Muyskens said. “We are standing on the shoulders of a giant, and in this case those shoulders belong to Max Kupferberg.”