China-Germany Spring Festival Concert Celebrating Year of Pig Held in Nuremberg

[Source]    Confucius Institute Nürnberg at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg [Time]    2019-02-21 17:47:39 

On February 9th, local time, the China-Germany Spring Festival Concert Celebrating the Year of the Pig was held at Meistersinger Hall in Nuremberg. More than 500 guests attended the concert. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute Nürnberg at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Nuremberg Bureau of International Relations, and the Nuremberg-Shenzhen Friendship Association, the concert has got strong support from the Symphony Orchestra of Nuremberg University of Music, the Yue Jie International Art Center, Gerui Philharmonic Orchestra, Zhengzhiyun Orchestra, and Gaodi Guzheng Art Troupe. Klemens Gsell, 3rd Mayor of Nuremberg, Karl-Dieter Grüske, former President of Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Xu Yan, German Director of the Confucius Institute Nürnberg, and Zhou Xuguang, Chairman of Nuremberg Chinese Business Association were present at the concert.

Gsell first wished all guests present a Happy New Year in Chinese, and then in his speech, he highly appreciated the great achievements in all-round exchanges between Nuremberg and Shenzhen over the past 20 years, and expressed the hope that the two sides would continue to deepen economic and cultural exchanges and cooperation.

Xu Yan explained the connotation of “Pig” in Chinese culture in her speech, and jokily expressed that there are a lot of similarities between the pig in Chinese zodiac and the personality of locals in Franconia region. She sincerely wished the new year brings joy and good luck for all guests at the concert.

Xu Yan giving speech

With a merry melody playing, the concert was unveiled with a guzheng ensemble “Dance of the Yao People”. Performance like guzheng ensemble “Fighting Against Typhoon” was grand and magnificent, while “Evening Songs from a Fishing Boat” was melodious and smooth, which made all the audience intoxicated with them. Guzheng and erhu ensemble “Blue and White Porcelain” with unique oriental charm let the German audience enjoy a Chinese style pop song with its sprightly, simple and elegant rhythm. “The Power of Drum”, a powerful Chinese drum solo, vividly showed the pleasant timbre of Chinese drums. Guzheng ensemble “A Moonlit Night on the Spring River” depicted the beauty of a moonlit night on the river in spring. Guzheng solo “Winter Crows Playing in Water” was bright and unique. Guzheng and cello ensemble “Fragrance and Shadow” with lively, light and changing rhythms let the audience indulge in fragrance of flowers in spring. Symphonies played by Chinese and German musicians—“Eighteen Songs of a Normal Flute”, “Ice and Fire” and “Setting Sail” pushed the concert to an exciting climax.

Chinese instrumental music performance

A large-scale complete musical work of the Chinese contemporary composer Fang Dongqing, “The Silk Road” was wonderfully performed at the concert. The work takes the spirit and culture of the Belt and Road as the creation source, uses the traditional Chinese musical instrument--guzheng as the main instrument, integrates both Chinese and foreign instruments like erhu, big drum and cello, and matches with dance art. A large number of excellent Chinese and German instrumental musicians have been invited to the performance of the musical work, which aiming to tell audience stories of China’s history, especially ancient and modern Silk Road of Chinese nation, through playing both the Chinese and Western instruments.

Chinese and western musical instruments ensembles

As a tradition in Nuremberg, the China-German Spring Festival Concert has been held for 8 consecutive years. At the concert, all instrumentalists, with their exquisite performance and tacit cooperation, presented the audience both the magnificent history with ups and downs and the spirit of the Belt and Road with musical instruments and notes. The concert not only showed the exquisite skills of Chinese and German musicians, but also played a new movement for cultural exchanges between China and Germany.


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