The All Chinese Music Concert, held every spring, showcases Chinese composers, instruments, themes and/or performers. This inspirational event, presented in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center is free and open to the public. The concert also features professional performances of advanced category selections from the required repertoire of the Music Festival in Honor of Confucius, giving festival participants an opportunity to hear a professional interpretation of this music in preparation for the competition.
During the 1980’s, in the early days of the Music Festival in Honor of Confucius (MFHC), many music teachers and students were unfamiliar with the sounds of Chinese music. Recordings were scarce, and the internet had not yet become ubiquitous. The All Chinese Music concert was initially conceived as a “demonstration” concert, where teachers and students could come to hear performances of the MFHC repertoire by professional musicians, to aid them in preparing for the competition.
In the ensuing years, as recordings and the technology to distribute them readily via the internet have become readily available, the concert programming has evolved to include performances on Chinese instruments, contemporary Chinese music written by eastern and western composers, and music inspired by Chinese themes.
In 2011, the program was expanded from a single annual event to an annual spring concert series.