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Silk Road Concert

China National Traditional Orchestra Silk Road Concert

Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts - Concert Hall
Date: December 15, 2017   
Duration: Approximate 120 mins

Traditional Chinese Orchestra The Silk Road
Guzheng & the Orchestra Homeland
 Guzheng player :MIU Qing

HUA Yanjun
Arr.: JIANG Ying
Erquanqin & the Orchestra The Moon over a Fountain

Chinese musical The Impression of Chinese Music (Suite)

 Movement Ⅰ. The Chirp of the Birds
 Movement Ⅱ. The Past and Present Life

  Xiao Player: CHEN Shasha 
  Guanzi Player:ZHANG Jiali

 Movement Ⅲ. Daqu


Instruments on Dunhuang Mural Painting and the Orchestra Paradise
Konghou & the orchestra Take Across Sentient Beings
 Konghou Player:WU Lin

Pipa Concerto The War between Chu and Han Dynasties
 Pipa Players: ZHAO Cong, YU Yuanchun
 Percussionists: ZHU Jianping, YU Xin

Shanbei Folk Songs 
Arr.:JIANG Ying
Zhongruan, Suona & the Orchestra The Xintianyou Capriccio
 Zhongruan Player: FENG Mantian
 Suona Player: NIU Jiandang 

CHEN Xieyang is a famous conductor who graduated from college in 1965 and became the resident conductor of Shanghai Ballet Orchestra. In 1984, CHEN Xieyang became the concertmaster of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and in 1986 was appointed its Music Director. Since 1985, CHEN Xieyang has performed in the US, UK, Austria, and France, and he also conducted concerts with local well-known orchestras. His performance was widely appraised. In recent years, CHEN Xieyang has led the Orchestra to perform Chinese New Year’s concerts in places like the Wiener Musikverein and Berliner Philharmoniker. He has also led the Orchestra to stage performance in 11 cities in the US as well as in the Wiener Musikverein, which has won high acclaim from the audience.

CHEN Xieyang now serves as the honorary music director of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and special conductor of China National Symphony Orchestra.

China National Traditional Orchestra

As a national-level orchestra directly under the Ministry of Culture, China National Traditional Orchestra, founded in 1960 under the direction of Premier ZHOU Enlai, is regarded as the standard-setter, model and benchmark of China's folk music performance. The Orchestra, made up of folk orchestra, chorus and art creation centre, boasts a group of musicians and sharp-sighted managers. LI Huanzhi (January 1919 to March 2000), famous composer and former Chairman of China Musicians' Association, had served as its first President and now XI Qiang, a member of CPPCC, Chinese string instrument artist and musicologist, is at the wheel.

China National Traditional Orchestra not only performs typical traditional music in various forms but dabbles in contemporary Chinese music, western classic music and other genres.

Adhering to popularizing traditional Chinese music and culture, the Orchestra collects, arranges and performs a great variety of excellent folk music and contemporary selected works, adding a glorious stroke to China's traditional music. Chairman MAO Zedong and DENG Xiaoping, Premier ZHOU Enlai as well as foreign heads of state had visited the Orchestra time after time. Over these years, the Orchestra has produced a large number of eminent folk music talents, such as LI Huanzhi, TANG Rongmei, QIN Pengzhang and LIU Wenjin. Moreover, the Orchestra has also cooperated with such famous musicians as Christoph Eschenbach, Jean Michel Jarre, Yo-Yo Ma and Minoru Miki.

Since its inception, the Orchestra has visited dozens of places - Asia, Europe and America, for performance besides tours around China. In 1993, the Orchestra founded the Asia Orchestra together with the Ensemble Nipponia and National Orchestra of Korea to promote art creation and exchanges of Asian folk music. In 1997, the Orchestra toured dozens of cities in America at the invitation of ICM and staged with world-renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the Carnegie Hall. In 1998, 1999 and 2010, the Orchestra staged the Grand Spring Festival Concerts at the Golden Hall of Vienna, Austria, whose performance won warm applause from the audience.

Not only does the Orchestra maintain traditional music genre, but attempt to breathe new life into it by creating innovative shows, such as Golden Melody, Music Gallery, Grand Folk Music, Melody of A Century, My Magnificent Country, Charming Moonlight, as well as annul Mid-autumn Concert held by the NCPA, weekly "Refined Chinese Music" Concerts, arousing extensive favour from audience and making great contribution for the development of traditional Chinese music.

Source: National Centre for the Performing Arts
Date: 2017-12-07