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TransMedia To Perform Publicity Overture For Concerts By Steinway Artist Elena Klionsky, Who Some Call 'The Piano Phoenix' For How She Overcame Severe Hand Injury

TransMedia To Perform Publicity Overture For Concerts By Steinway Artist Elena Klionsky, Who Some Call 'The Piano Phoenix' For How She Overcame Severe Hand Injury

BOCA RATON, Fla., Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TransMedia Group said it was retained to provide a crescendo of publicity for concert pianist Elena Klionsky's upcoming "Chopin at the Chalfonte." The Steinway Artist's concert series at The Chalfonte here will benefit Alzheimer's Association Southeast Florida Chapter.

TransMedia said its publicity will highlight her awesome career achievements from playing the piano at age five in her native St. Petersburg, Russia, her exemplary academic achievements at The Juilliard School of Music to her highly-acclaimed solo recitals, orchestral appearances and TV and radio performances worldwide.

"We're honored to represent such an accomplished, world-class virtuoso pianist as Elena Klionsky," said Tom Madden, TransMedia CEO, who inherited his love of classic music from his violinist father who played with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra and with The Boston Pops under maestro Arthur Fiedler.

"Our publicity will focus also on Elena's miraculous comeback from a severe injury to her right hand, nearly ending her brilliant career," said Madden.

"For years she struggled to regain motion in her fingers and today she is nicknamed 'Piano Phoenix' for her rise from the physical trauma in 2002 to become a Steinway Artist and once again grace the world's concert stages with her artistry.

"Elena is back after almost seven years of continuous physical therapy and dedicated practicing, which has made her an inspiration to people facing physical challenges everywhere," said Madden.

TransMedia said it will kick off the PR campaign with a publicity overture for her upcoming concert series here comprising three musical afternoons starting with "Holidays in Provence," scheduled for 3 PM Sunday, Dec. 28, featuring French Music for Violin and Piano with Tatiana Berman on violin, followed by French afternoon coffee and pastries.

"Then our publicity will segue to Chopin at the Chalfonte 4 PM on Sunday, Jan. 25, featuring piano music of Frederic Chopin performed by Klionsky, followed by Polish/French afternoon tea.

Publicity reaches a high water mark for concluding concert "Water World," featuring "seaphonic" Music and Painting 5 PM Sunday, Feb. 22, accompanied by seascapes by Elena's sister, Nadia Klionsky, a noted painter as is their celebrated father. Elena will play such pieces as Ravel's Jeux d'eau and Liszt's Venezia e Napoli, followed by seafood buffet.

For ticket information, contact Chalfonte,550 South Ocean Blvd. 561-392-1530

Media contact: Julianna Corso, 561-750-9800 x2160;

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7 Million Mandarin Lessons Taught At Yoyo Chinese As Interest In Learning Chinese Surges

7 Million Mandarin Lessons Taught At Yoyo Chinese As Interest In Learning Chinese Surges

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg Among 100 Million Students Now Learning Chinese Worldwide

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Yoyo Chinese (, a video-based online Mandarin instructional program featuring television personality and University Chinese teacher Yangyang Cheng, announced today their students have taken over seven million lessons from the company's Mandarin instructional videos. Recent high-profile events, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg addressing a Beijing audience entirely in Mandarin and Ellen DeGeneres playfully attempting to pronounce names of Chinese viewers on-air, have highlighted the growing interest to speak Mandarin among English-language speakers.

Mandarin Numbers

-- There are 1.2 billion Mandarin speakers worldwide, with 2.9 million in
the U.S.
-- In September, 2014, the Chinese government estimated 100 million people
around the world were learning Chinese.
-- 60 thousand K-12 students in the U.S. are studying Chinese.
-- 26,000 Americans are studying abroad in China.
-- Chinese has replaced English as the primary language on the Internet.
-- Business demand for Mandarin speakers increased 110% from 2009 - 2013.
"Chinese students learn English in high school, read English literature, watch American television programs, and immerse themselves in American culture," said Yangyang Cheng, Founder and CEO of Yoyo Chinese. Cheng explains this creates a deep knowledge and understanding of Western beliefs, business practices and social issues. "On the other hand, how much do Americans know about China? English speakers learning Chinese have recognized this knowledge gap prevents them from accessing a large percent of the world's population, as well as an entire reservoir of knowledge contained within 5,000 years of history."

Cheng brings her experience as a television host of "Hello! Hollywood," and the Discovery Channel's "Oh My Buddha," along with her background teaching Chinese to Pepperdine University MBA students, to deliver lively and engaging video lessons at Yoyo Chinese. The top reasons cited by Yoyo Chinese students for learning Mandarin include: business, love interest, travel, and maintaining mental acuity, especially among students over age fifty. Yoyo Chinese students can attain basic conversational fluency in just six months, and intermediate conversational fluency in just twelve months, when completing one forty-five minute lesson each day.

Video b-roll of Yangyang Cheng commenting on Mark Zuckerberg's command of Mandarin, growing global interest in learning Chinese, and why learning Chinese is easier than most English speakers realize:

About Yoyo Chinese

Launched in 2012, Yoyo Chinese ( is a popular video-based Mandarin program, offering a comprehensive library of clearly-explained instructional videos featuring television personality and University Chinese teacher, Yangyang Cheng. Yoyo Chinese offers the only structured Mandarin video curriculum exclusively designed to meet the learning needs of native English speakers. The program is subscription based. The company offers free instructional Mandarin videos on their YouTube Channel, as well as informative content on the company's blog ( Yoyo Chinese in headquartered in Arcadia, California.

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