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Concert of Excellence
*One Night Only*
December 1, 2003
The New York State Theater, Lincoln Center Ticket info:

  • WCBS Morning Show on Thursday, November 20th. View it at
  • Asian America on WNET will highlight the Concert of Excellence in a special 30-minute documentary! Check local listings for re-air date. Check it out on .
  • Bai Ling and B.D. Wong in the spotlight of our Concert of Excellence ads on Time Warner Cable channels and NY 1!
    And keep an eye out for COE ads the next time you go to the movies, as COE hits the silver screen at all City Cinemas!

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    From the Editor's Desk
    There is never a dull moment at 2g! With December 1st just seven days away, we are in high gear here at 2g for the Concert of Excellence at Lincoln Center, and we wanted to share a bit of that excitement with you. It promises to be a terrific night, with beautiful music, our wonderful performers, and stars John Cho and Lindsay Price hosting. If you missed the world premiere of The Wedding Banquet: The Musical, then COE is your chance to get a taste of the show performed by the original cast! And, if you buy your tickets now, $50 or higher, mention 2GWB when you buy tickets online only to get a copy of the exclusive Wedding Banquet CD—it’s still not for sale in the US! Tickets are almost gone, but we still have some great seats left, so don’t forget to buy now—don’t wait! It will give you a better chance in the Producers Challenge. Read on about what’s going on behind the scenes at COE, and find out more about our celebrity artists Lou Diamond Phillips, Bai Ling, and Tsai Chin. See you in the audience next week!

    Grace Leung, editor

    Behind the Scenes: The Concert of Excellence

    This year's COE will be the platform for numerous impressive debuts that are not to be missed! To be held at the beautiful New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, the Broadway-caliber extravaganza promises to be the most magnificent yet. Guest hosted by John Cho, COE will honor Tony Award winner B.D. Wong (M. Butterfly, Law & Order, SI/U. Oz), Golden Globe - nominated actor Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba, Courage Under Fire), acclaimed actor Bai Ling (Red Corner, Anna & the King, the upcoming Star Wars: Episode 3), and legendary dancer and talent manager Jadin Wong (Forbidden City nightclub). COE will feature Broadway performances, including the cast of our world premiere production The Wedding Banquet: The Musical, the Broadway cast of Flower Drum Song, platinum-selling Taiwanese superstar Tsai Chin and the Children's Choir of Excellence - 60 voices strong. []

    Meet the Artist: Lou Diamond Phillips - COE Honoree

    Lou first burst upon the cultural scene as 1950s teenage rock singer Ritchie Valens in La Bamba. He then drew an arc over dozens of Hollywood movies to rule Broadway in The King and I, and continues, on camera and behind, to trace a path that no Asian American actor had gone before. In almost three decades Lou Diamond Philips has shown that an "ethnic" actor can make it big, cutting across type to become a household name. For this and his endless achievements as an actor, director, writer, and producer, Second Generation is thrilled to honor Lou at the Concert of Excellence. Lou will appear at the State Theater, Lincoln Center on December 1, 2003 to accept in person the Remy Martin X.O. Excellence award. [].

    Meet the Artist: Bai Ling - COE Honoree

    Few individuals, if any, can boast achievements such as being named one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World," serving as a member of China's People's Liberation Army in Tibet, and garnering critical acclaim as a star of television and film. Bai Ling, however, can lay claim to all three, as well as a host of other accolades. She has gone on to do what few foreign-born actors have been able to accomplish: cross over and establish herself as a force in mainstream American entertainment, bringing recognition to both herself and the Asian community. Bai's unusual combination of accomplishments will be honored by Second Generation (2g) at the annual Concert of Excellence, to be held on December 1, 2003. [].

    Q: Is Lou Diamond Phillips Asian? Isn't he also Filipino?
    Yes to both! This La Bamba star, who of is so often mistaken for Latino or Indian, is a Filipino. He fully embraces his origins and actively promotes tourism to the Philippines along with Tia Carrere. Born at Subic Bay Naval Station in the Philippines, Lou's ancestry includes Hawaiian, Japanese, Spanish Scott-Irish, and Cherokee-Indian. His portfolio of credits is as varied as his roots, proving that Asian Americans can too become a household name. Second Generation is proud to honor him at this year's Concert of Excellence - New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, December 1, 2003!

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