Fine China

In a move almost as brilliant as pervy Lou Pearlman’s invention of the 1990’s boy band “father of Chinese rock music,” Wang Xaio-Jing’s concoction of China’s Twelve Girls Band has created an unexpected pre-pubescent-like frenzy in the otherwise comatose world of classical music.

So much so that even in the beginning, when Xaio-Jing set out to cast his girl band, 4,000 contestants showed up from People’s Republic of China’s conservatory schools to audition. In 2001, 13 (one extra in case of emergencies?) classically-trained women won out. Since then, Twelve Girls Band has gone platinum, sat on Japan’s pop music charts at #1 for 30 weeks, had their own PBS special, and won the coveted International Artist of the Year award in 2004. Playing contemporary music like Coldplay’s “Clocks” on ancient instruments like the Pipa and the Dizi, TGB often sells out its gigs in less than half an hour.

Witness some of the fanfare when the girls take over the Broward Center of the Performing Arts Au-Rene Theater (201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale) on Tuesday. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $45-55 dollars. Call 954-522-5334, or visit www.browardcenter.org.
Tue., Oct. 16, 2007

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