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Concert of Excellence
*One Night Only*
November 22, 2004
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Time Warner Center, NYC

Making Tracks
San Jose Repertory Theatre
San Jose, CA
March 19 - April 17, 2005
New York, NY
Limited engagement!

April 27 - 30, 2005

Singers, Actors and Dancers interested in Making Tracks and/or Concert of Excellence (Nov. 22, 2004). Please send headshots and resumes (union and non-union) BY MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th to:
Dave Clemens Casting
Attn: Sarah Schatz
265 West 30th Street, NY, NY 10001

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for 15 select Asian American children
to perform in the Fourth Annual Concert of Excellence
Dates: Sat., September 18 and 25, 2004
Location: New York City
Contact: Hiram ()

In The Works - Accepting New Submissions

Sponsorship Opportunities
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Job Opportunity
Finance Associate (Part-time, Immediate)
Performance Arts Intern (Part-Time, Fall, Spring)

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Arts Administration Intern (Part-time, Fall, Spring)
Performance Arts Intern (Part-Time, Fall, Spring)

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Chris L. Tang
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October 2004 Newsletter : : Behind The Scenes : : Meet The Artist : : FAQ

From the Editor's Desk
Before I share some exciting production updates with you, let me first extend a welcome to Chris Tang, our new staff Marketing Manager. Hailing from the world of entertainment and theater advertising, Chris is not new to Second Generation (2g). She started as a volunteer for last year's Concert of Excellence as a designer for the receptions. You can learn more about her on our .

Planning for the Concert of Excellence 2004 is well underway. 2g's annual celebration of Asian American performers and the community will take place November 22, 2004 at the dazzling new Jazz at Lincoln Center theater in the Time Warner Center. Be sure to save the date and spread the word! COE 2004 promises to be even more spectacular than the years' past. After years of anticipation and planning, Making Tracks, 2g's sold-out debut musical is making a return in March 2005 in California at the San Jose Repertory Theatre, and in April for a limited engagement in New York at the Jazz at Lincoln Center. Read on to see how Making Tracks helped put 2g on the map and to meet the musical genius behind the show.

Congratulations Welly Yang! On September 11, 2004, The Asian Columbia Alumni Association (ACAA) will honor 2g's founder, Welly, with a Distinguished Achievement Award. The honor will be presented at ACAA's scholarships and fellowship fundraiser gala.

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Grace Leung, Editor


Behind the Scenes: Making Tracks - the origins

The journey of Making Tracks began as Welly Yang's (founder of Second Generation) personal exploration into the rich and diverse history of Asian Americans. The discovery of stories of Chinese laborers risking their lives to tie this country together, immigrants detained for years at Angel Island, and Japanese Americans fighting valiantly for their country while their families were locked away in internment camps brought forth a realization. Welly recognized that these stories must be shared and honored for they belong to not only him, but to all Asian Americans, and to all Americans. []

Meet the Artist: Woody Pak - Composer Extraordinaire

Meet Woody Pak, the musical genius behind 2g's hit musicals Making Tracks and The Wedding Banquet. Founder of The Woodhouse, this award-winning composer has earned a solid reputation across America for his musical versatility. His music can be found in documentaries, feature films, theater, and commercials. Fortunately for 2g, he has contributed his talent in the creation of the monumental musical Making Tracks and the acclaimed new musical The Wedding Banquet. [].

Q: Do you have to be a theater expert to be part of 2g?
No No No! 2g's success and growth depends largely on the dedication and active involvement of our volunteers. We welcome everyone who is interested in learning about theater production. The background of our volunteers is as diverse as the experience that 2g can offer. Amongst the team are lawyers, educators, marketers, therapists, and even doctors! Volunteers are integral in show production, marketing, and financing of the organization and its projects, as well as the administrative and operational aspects of running a non-profit organization. So if you are even just the slightest bit interested in joining the 2g family, step forward! Talk to us! You can also find out more .

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Little Known Fact
Did you know that Pat Morita was the first Asian American actor ever nominated for an Academy Award? He was also the first Asian American actor ever to star in his own sitcom - Mr. T and Tina.

Did you know that among our Benefit Committee members are CEOs and stars of reality TV shows like Survivor? While that is not a criteria, it certainly adds to making our valued committee even more noteworthy! Some members have even met their other halves through the Benefit Committee and have since gotten married! Benefit Committee members are the force behind the success of events like our annual Concert of Excellence. Want to join? Contact Arlene Yang at

Audition for 2g Kids in the Concert of Excellence
We are seeking 15 talented Asian American children ages 7-13 from the tri-state area to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall in the Fourth Annual Concert of Excellence on November 22, 2004.

This is a rare opportunity for the children to take the stage with world-class performers and elevate their personal and emotional growth. Arabella Uhry, a past Concert of Excellence Children's Choir member, will be a featured guest on The Tony Danza Show (which airs weekdays at 10am (EST) on WABC-TV).

Sat., September 18, 2004, 2 PM to 4 PM and
Sat., September 25, 2004, 10 AM to 12 Noon
Location: Second Generation, 248 W. 35th St, 15th Fl
New York, NY 10001
To schedule an appointment, contact: Hiram ()

For press release, (pdf file).

In The Works - Calling for New Submissions
We are now accepting new plays for our In The Works series. Also, we will be expanding our In the Works series with a chance for colleges to produce our featured play, Michael Golamco's Achievers. Stay tuned for more on 2g and our new nationwide play initiative.

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