Fes­ti­val draws top mu­si­cians

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By SONG MENGXING song­mengx­ing@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

An in­ter­na­tional wind mu­sic fes­ti­val is show­cas­ing Shi­nan dis­trict in Qing­dao, a coastal city in East China’s Shan­dong prov­ince, as an im­por­tant cen­ter for the art.

The event, which starts on Wed­nes­day and will end on Sun­day, con­sists of two projects — a wind mu­sic sum­mit and an oboe art fes­ti­val. It has at­tracted many oboe masters and wind mu­sic ex­perts.

At the event’s news con­fer­ence held last month, Yu Hai, pres­i­dent at the wind mu­sic so­ci­ety of the Chi­nese Mu­si­cians As­so­ci­a­tion, said that such a high-end wind mu­sic art fo­rum would def­i­nitely trig­ger new en­ergy and syn­ergy in the field.

At the sum­mit to be held on Sun­day, pres­i­dents from 11 pro­fes­sional mu­sic schools, in­clud­ing the Cen­tral Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic and the C hina Conser va­tory of Mu­sic, lead­ers from Yu’s or­ga­ni­za­tion and wind mu­sic ed­u­ca­tors, con­duc­tors and per­form­ers will dis­cuss the art’s fu­ture in ar­eas such as stu­dents’ ed­u­ca­tion and de­vel­op­ment of re­lated in­dus­tries.

The oboe art fes­ti­val fea­tures more than 10 top oboe masters from around the world and 500 -plus oboe per­form­ers and hob­by­ists na­tion­wide. It com­prises 15 master con­certs and 25 ex­pert lec­tures.

Yu said the event will have an ac­tive and pro­found in­flu­ence on pro­mot­ing the de­vel­op­ment and progress of the oboe art form in China.

Liu Ming jia, a Q in­g­dao na­tive, will per­form and share his mu­si­cal sto­ries at the fes­ti­val. The 29 -yearold con­tin­ued his stud­ies in the United States with a full schol­ar­ship in 2006 and be­came the youngest oboe pro­fes­sor in the US in 2016.

Hosts of the wind mu­sic fes­ti­val in­clude the Cen­tral Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic, the wind mu­sic so­cie ty of the Chi­nese Mu­si­cians As­so­ci­a­tion and the gov­ern­ment of the Shi­nan dis­trict.

Hosts said the event is an in­no­va­tive move, with pro­fes­sional mu­sic groups and the lo­cal gov­ern­ment co­op­er­at­ing to boost wind mu­sic and help lo­cal ed­u­ca­tional, cul­tural and so­cial de­vel­op­ment.

Guan Shouguo, deputy head of the Shi­nan dis­trict, said Qing­dao has im­por­tant in­flu­ence do­mes­ti­cally and abroad, and Shi­nan, a noted his­toric and cul­tural dis­trict in the city, boasts a good art at­mos­phere and dis­tinc­tive mu­sic genes.

Mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion in pri­mar y and mid­dle schools in Shi­nan is wide and solid, Guan said, adding that cam­pus mu­sic groups as well as young mu­si­cians have been emerg­ing in re­cent years, which has laid a pro­found foun­da­tion for in­te­grated de­vel­op­ment of mu­sic, tourism and cul­ture in the dis­trict.

The dis­trict is com­mit­ted to build­ing a mod­ern­ized in­ter­na­tional area that is fash­ion­able and happy, and that goal re­quires sup­port from cul­ture and arts, Guan said. As wind mu­sic has unique charm and ad­van­tages in terms of ar tistr y, en­joy­a­bil­ity and pop­u­lar - ity, the Shi­nan gov­ern­ment signed a co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment to pro­mote the art with the Cen­tral Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic and the wind mu­sic so­ci­ety of the Chi­nese Mu­si­cians As­so­ci­a­tion in May.

The agree­ment plans how to boost the dis­trict’s wind mu­sic in the next five years.

Lo­cal of­fi­cials said Shi­nan dis­trict will find and train new wind mu­sic stars and at­trac t re­lated pro­fes­sion­als dur­ing the pe­riod. It will also pub­li­cize the art among chil­dren and com­mu­ni­ties, and will set up wind mu­sic train­ing cen­ters.

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