A special charity night concert was successfully held at the Astor Ballroom of The St. Regis Sanya Yalong Bay Resort on August 4th, 2019.


The concert featured performances by Wang Xichong, a young composer and writer; Elsha Zhu, a nine-year-old gifted pianist; and Soul Inspiration, a live band from the Philippines.

The concert was specially hosted for 28 children from The Bright Connection, a physical therapy center for children with autism and cerebral palsy in Sanya.


Mr. Zhu said that jazz has been an indispensable feature of St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. The St. Regis New York has hosted some of the finest jazz musicians in history. Music is a universal language, and he hoped that this meticulously prepared music festival would bring heartwarming and healing melodies to children with autism and cerebral palsy.

Performers at the “St. Regis Charity Concert Night


Wang Xichong is a talented Chinese musician and writer who is a pioneer of “musical novels” in China. Wang is now doing interdisciplinary research on music and literature, which he said is the repository for his creation. “I really like the tranquil side of Sanya. My family and I have come to Sanya for holidays many times. The slow pace and cozy atmosphere of Sanya  always inspired me in creating my works,” he said.


Being a gifted young pianist, Elsha Zhu has won more than 20 gold medals in domestic and international piano competitions, and had already held a personal concert tour in China. She said her wish is to study in the Curtis Institute of Music and become an alumna of Lang Lang.


Both from the Philippines, Jose Marie and Joanne formed the Soul Inspiration 15 years ago. The band is known for their various music genres and rich performance experience on stage. Jose Marie has extraordinary skills in memorizing melodies of songs. Joanne has a fascinating voice and specializes in popular music, folk songs, alternative music, jazz, rock, and R&B.

The charity concert raised RMB 8,148 in total. All the money raised from this event were donated to The Bright Connection to support needy children.