From Chongqing to Sydney: a concert that transcends time and space warming millions of netizens
“Philip”, who appeared on stage via AR virtual imaging, played with five band members. (Screenshot from live-streaming)
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- “I’ve been to many concerts, and this is truly the most different one. I’m touched and warmed by such a story,” a netizen said after watching a special concert live streamed by CQNEWS.
In the live streaming, five Chinese people who received organ transplants came together to perform on the stage and contacted with Philip’s parents online in Sydney, Australia, in order to make the dream of the organ donor, a young Australian man, come true.
It is a concert that transcended time and space, and a special “reunion”. The concert, filled with love and thoughts, attracted more than 3 million online viewers, with many netizens leaving comments that this special performance was “tearful” and “touching”. One netizen even said, “I'm going to think about the value of life because of the concert.”
Transcending time and space - An ensemble of six “Phillip”
“Even though we don’t know about music, we’ll do our best to make Philip’s dream come true,” said band member Moli, with sand hammer in her hand, on the stage. With that said, members Chen Xianjun and Wu Jun played the guitars, Chen Jingzhong played the drums, and Tan Daobi shook her handbell... A special performance was held at 11:00 a.m. on October 8 at Chongqing Mountain City Folk Arena.
It is hard to imagine them as organ transplant recipient. More than two years ago, one of them was blind and living in darkness; some had severe kidney disease and was in hospital day and night; and some had liver damage and was languishing in despair.
However, their lives were changed by one man, a young Australian named Philip. On May 9, 2018, Philip, a teacher at Southwest University, passed away due to illness. In accordance with his wish, Philip’s parents donated his organs - one liver, two kidneys and two corneas - to give five Chinese people a new lease on life.
Philip helped them have a new lease on life, so they wanted to help Philip fulfill his dream. Upon learning that one of Philip’s dreams was to form a band, the five recipients agreed to form a band and represent Phillip on stage.
Along with the emotionally sensitive songs of the band members, “Phillip” also “joined” the performance in the form of AR virtual imaging, realizing the picture of six “Phillip” performing together on stage.
The concert was live streamed by CQNEWS and, in conjunction with Australian New Express Media, was linked to Philip’s parents via video call. (Screenshot from live-streaming)
Far apart - reunion on both ends of the screen
At the same time, in Sydney, Australia, Philip’s father, Peter, and mother, Penny, were also following the live streaming. The two elders’ hands trembled slightly when they saw Philip, whom they had missed day and night, “show up” on the screen again.
The concert had been anticipated by Philip’s family for far too long. Philip, who loved to play and sing, had dreamed of giving a concert and having his parents as his audience. However, after Philip’s death, it became a dream that seemed “unattainable”, and also the family’s deepest regret.
“The concert was so precious. Thank you for bringing Philip back to us.” On the live streaming, Philip’s father, Peter, thanked the five band members for all they have done for Philip and he expressed his hope that the band would continue to remain. “It’s a dream for all five of you, and it’s a dream for Philip.” After the live streaming was over, the Peters were still slow to move from their computer screens, and they saved the link to the recorded video. “We will repeat this video footage over and over again, and we will also save it forever.” Philip’s father, Peter, said that it was the most precious gift they had ever received.
In addition, Peter also said that when the COVID-19 epidemic is under control, he would like to come to Chongqing, China, to meet the five “Phillip”.
After the live streaming of the concert, Philip’s parents video chatted with Philip’s former colleague, Professor Zhang Jun of Southwest University.
(Translated by Wang Huixin,Fathom Language Limited)
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