Nanjing, China (PRWEB) July 02, 2012
In a festival merging Eastern and Western musical traditions, the National Chinese Charm Star Competition in Nanjing China awarded cash prizes, large trophies and plaques to winners in three categories: Musician, Singer and Model. Some eager competitors performed using Chinese instruments like the Pipa and Guchen. Others wowed the audience and judges with classical piano sonatas. But it was a traditional folk melody fused with jazz improvisations that won over the title for Charm Star Best Musician. Much to the enjoyment of Schmid, resident expert Recording Artist, the five finalists for Charm Star Best Singer all performed all American pop songs.
Pop, Opera, and a Chinese Folk Songs all contributed to the l ive show Schmid performed at the competition. Dancer’s backed up ‘Save the Night’ and ‘Mo Li Hua’ as Schmid belted out the choruses and riffed ad libs to a cheering audience.
Before the live final competition, Schmid and Berklee Professor of Guitar, Jonathan Finn, each gave a master class to students from the Nanjing Normal University. Finn played guitar, providing examples and jamming with student players. Schmid spoke about the differences between performing and singing Opera and Pop music. Schmid and Finn, along with entertainment corporation Goddess Inc.’s CEO Rafay Mehdi, also met and discussed similarities with musicians in the US and China with University department heads.
As part of the week long activities in Nanjing, Schmid was the celebrity honoree for a ribbon cutting ceremony for a flagship Vasto store and had a photo shoot dressed as a Beijing Opera star. During another photo shoot, Schmid toured the beautiful Mo Chou Hu Park. Schmid was the guest of the new five star Nanjing Hilton, part of the Wanda Plaza, and also toured the Buddhist Jiming Temple.