Sorry, forgot to caption! The following, excerpted article is from here.
Hu Yizhou cannot read music. Yet when he hears it, the affect it has on him is startling. He gives it his undivided attention, bending his head to hear every note.
Born in 1978 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, Hu, better known as Zhouzhou, was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome, a congenital handicap that has severely limited his intellectual growth. But music is not only about intelligence.
Hu…is nevertheless a dynamic presence onstage. Hu is living proof that human beings should not be judged by numbers. Invited as a guest conductor by the National Symphony Orchestra of the United States and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Hu has already attained international recognition for his achievement. He has also conducted the symphony orchestras of The Central Ballet Troupe of China and the Central Opera Theater. During his latest concert series in the city, he wielded his baton in front of the Shanghai Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, conducting Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No.5, and Strauss’s Radetzky March.
Hu has the ability to feel the various movements in a com-position, commit them to memory, and lead the orchestra members with the passion, if not the precision, of a seasoned conductor.
Though some might not consider the 24-year-old a bona fide conductor, there is no doubt about his enthusiasm for music.
Wang Bin, a 11-year-old blind Peking Opera performer, is one of Hu’s best friends, and he seemed more comfortable with Wang than with the throngs of reporters waving microphones in his face upon his arrival in Shanghai. To a reporter who politely asked who his favorite composer was, the camera-shy conductor muttered Strauss.
Zhang Huiqin, Hu’s mother, says that her son has “an innate sense for music” and when he hears it, whether it’s emanating from a department store speaker or a home stereo, “he gives it his full, undivided attention.”
Jiang Xiebin, a famous Chinese conductor, was quoted as saying that Hu’s talent is “pure beauty,” and that the young man has a connection with music that cannot be taught — a soulful sensitivity to harmony and melody that “even some trained conductors lack.”
The young conductor’s father Hu Houpei is a cellist in Wuhan Symphony Orchestra, and when Hu was a child, his dad always took him along to rehearsals. The child showed an interest in music from an early age, listening quietly at first, then gradually beginning to imitate the movements of the conductor, Zhang Qi.
In 1997, Zhang Yiqing, a documentary director with Hubei TV Station learned of Hu’s interest in music. The director made a documentary about Hu’s fascination with music that was aired in China, Europe and the US, which brought the young man to the attention of several prominent orchestras. Joining the troupe of disabled performers, Hu has toured around China and the world.
Literal Disney queen Idina Menzel slaying the fuck out of that high D. (x)
THANK YOU JENNI HERD
This is my kind of card.
PIZZA WOULD NOT APPROVE
It’s because men don’t drink stuff with the word ‘diet’ on.
Notice the coke zero adverts all feature men doing heroic/awesome stuff? Because diet coke is for women, but men won’t drink it cause it’s ‘girly’ so they have to make drinks aimed at men.
It’s the same with shower gel/shampoo/soap. It won’t be bought by men unless it says ‘for men’ on it in an obnoxiously large and manly font.
and let’s talk about the Academy Award members who put their votes forward towards a category where they didn’t even bother to watch all of the nominated films
This makes me so angry and hurt. These are the people who are supposed to appreciate the art and beauty in films, what good is it if they can’t appreciate the distinct art and beauty in all films? What an insult it is to the animators and visual effects artists that spend hundred of hours crafting each detail, the storyboard artists, the writers, the people in charge of making a film that is moving art that is suitable for children but meant for families, that these members did not even take the few hours of their time, the time that is their duty as a member to dedicate to watching all the nominations, because “they’re all the same.”
And fuck you to the member who “is not interested” in them because he isn’t six. What a fucking insult to the hard jobs of thousands of people, of the dreams these movies have inspired in people around the world, and the studios who devote thier money and time to giving the public their movies just like any other movie studio. These aren’t cartoons, they should be treated like any other movie on the market.
When I was 17 Tangled and Rapunzel helped bring me out of my depression. At the age of 20 Frozen has helped rekindle the relationship I have with my sister, who is 15. The Lego Movie also helped my sister realize after months of anxiety that she is special. The Incredibles, released when my dad was in his late 30s, told him he was a superhero, and our family started to see him like one too. He still has Mr. Incredible as his icon on his work computer, with Mr. Incredible action figures on his cubicle desk.
So don’t you dare fucking tell me animated movies are for 6-year-olds. Disney and other animation studios have done more for my life and my sister’s life and the relationship I have with my family and friends than any other movie studio, period. The disinterest these supposed “movie-lovers” have in important films because they are appropriate for children makes me so mad, because they are dismissing every lesson, every dream, every bond made through these movies. They aren’t made so you can sit your child in front of a screen for a few hours (or in the members’ case, not doing his job), they’re made to awaken a sense of magic and whimsy into the lives of ANYONE watching, young and old. I’m so glad Frozen won I just wish it didn’t have to win like this. Why don’t you have people who actually appreciate the work that goes into animation vote on animated movies? Fuck you, Academy.
No matter how long the slinky is, the bottom of the slinky will stay still (hover) until the top reaches it. Even if the slinky is over 1000 feet long.
why do americans get so shocked that there is a schooling system different to theirs
Because we get so excited over the idea that education could actually be better and fun and not make us fall into debt
Big Frozen genderbend dump part 2 ^————-^
and quite possible the last for now, I’m tired lol
Part 1 here
I think, after seeing a few comments, that’s valid to add I do this only for fun, and curiosity. I don’t think this version is better than the original
lol grammar puns
I laughed too much at this
let’s just appreciate ben c at various public events
THIS MAN NEEDS TO BE STOPPED
THIS MAN NEEDS TO BE INVITED TO MORE PUBLIC EVENTS