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Life & Work with Henry Wong

Today we’d like to introduce you to Henry Wong.

Hi Henry, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
An die Musik started in 1990 as a CD store with the mission to offer the best services to our community. We borrowed a practice from the old record store days that one can sample/listen before buying an LP.  During that time, we strongly supported the Green Movement to preserve our planet by recycling the CD long packages for our customers. In 2002 due to the explosion of CD copying technology and the decline of CD sales, we added live performances of local, regional, and national/international artists at our intimate performance hall. Since 2002, we have presented over 5,600 concerts. Then in March 2020, with the shutdown of everything due to the pandemic, An die Musik Live! received approval from our state to broadcast our concerts live for anyone to watch for a simple fee. Since then, we have presented 505 live streaming concerts, and the number keeps growing.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Running a business is always challenging. We have to be creative and forward-thinking constantly to keep our audiences engaged and to attract new patrons.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My background  is in science and the medical field. Music is a passion, and I feel it is important to preserve this uniquely American culture and heritage to ensure that future generations have opportunities to learn, understand and appreciate it.

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