Tra­di­tional tunes take cen­ter stage at SCO arts fes­ti­val

China Daily (Latin America Weekly) - - 7 Life - By CHENG YUEZHU chengyuezhu@ chi­nadaily.com.cn Xiyangyang Kalinka. A Moon­lit Night on the Spring River, Moon­light ko­muz Kalinka

In prepa­ra­tion for the 18th Meet­ing of the Coun­cil of Heads of Mem­ber States of the Shang­hai Co­op­er­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion, a tra­di­tional mu­sic con­cert was held on Wed­nes­day as part of the SCO Mem­ber States Arts Fes­ti­val.

The con­cert was or­ga­nized by the Min­istry of Cul­ture and Tourism and pre­sented by the China Arts and En­ter­tain­ment Group in front of a live au­di­ence of around 1,000 peo­ple, which in­cluded diplo­mats from mem­ber states, ob­server states, di­a­logue part­ners as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the SCO.

Luo Shugang, the min­is­ter for Cul­ture and Tourism, said at the con­cert that the min­istry aims to “en­hance the com­mu­ni­ca­tion and co­op­er­a­tion in the cul­tural and tourism fields, as well as pro­mote mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and friend­ship with the mem­ber states, ob­server states, and di­a­logue part­ners of the or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Four folk or­ches­tras from China, Kyr­gyzs­tan, Uzbek­istan and Rus­sia took part in the con­cert: the For­bid­den City Cham­ber Orches­tra from the China Con­ser­va­tory of Mu­sic; Kyr­gyzs­tan’s Akak En­sem­ble; the Uzbek­istan Na­tional Mu­sic Group, Sato; and the Lyud­mila Zyk­ina State Aca­demic En­sem­ble of Rus­sian Folk Mu­sic.

The or­ches­tras per­formed in the open­ing piece and fi­nale of the con­cert to­gether , a fes­tive Chi­nese piece named

(Ju­bi­lant), and the well-known Rus­sian folk song,

In other pas­sages, the or­ches­tras each per­formed their dis­tinc­tive re­gional mu­sic mas­ter­pieces. The For­bid­den City Cham­ber Orches­tra pre­sented three dif­fer­ent Chi­nese mu­si­cal styles, in­clud­ing a pup­pet play from Shaanxi prov­ince, the po­etic lute piece and a pop­u­lar over­ture from Pek­ing Opera.

Other per­for­mances show­cased the vig­or­ous and fast-tempo mu­sic from Kyr­gyzs­tan, a med­ley of Uzbek­istan folk songs, and a piece adapted from the clas­si­cal Rus­sian folk song

com­posed by the renowned mu­si­cian, Vasily An­dreyev.

Dmitry Dmitrienko, the artis­tic di­rec­tor and con­duc­tor of the Rus­sian en­sem­ble, was re­spon­si­ble for con­duct­ing at the con­cert, “Per­formed by artists from four coun­tries, the piece sym­bol­izes the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween them.”

The idea for the SCO Mem­ber States Arts Fes­ti­val orig­i­nated dur­ing mul­ti­lat­eral cul­tural ex­changes at the 2004 sum­mit in Tashkent, Uzbek­istan. Mem­ber states passed the res­o­lu­tion to hold the an­nual arts fes­ti­val the fol­low­ing year at the SCO sum­mit in As­tana, Kaza­khstan.

This year’s arts fes­ti­val ran from May 29 to June 1 in Bei­jing, with a range of stage per­for­mances, ex­hi­bi­tions and mas­ter classes, in­clud­ing a folk dance per­for­mance and a pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion of cul­tural her­itage sites.

Li Jin­sheng, gen­eral man­ager of the China Arts and En­ter­tain­ment Group, says, “through a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, the arts fes­ti­val in­tends to present the di­ver­si­fied civ­i­liza­tions of the SCO mem­ber states, in or­der to pro­mote ex­change and mu­tual learn­ing be­tween coun­tries, and to strengthen peo­ple-to-peo­ple bonds.”

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