With the approaching of the Year of Rooster, Phoenix TV once again collaborates with China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra and Chorus to welcome the festivity. Together with top Chinese musicians, we present a joyous concert to the audience, the Grand Festive Music Concert 2017. The premiere of the musical gala was on the Jan, 26th on Phoenix TV.
The annual opening act, “The Dance of Golden Snake” plays a tune again. Our old friend of the gala, commander Lu Jia from China National Center leads his Orchestra and Chorus to bring several songs including “Song of the Forest”. In addition to familiar faces, this year world’s finest musicians Wu Man, Tian Bonian, and Zhao Meidi also bring wonderful performances to audiences. Their performances combine the beauty of Chinese and Western music and harmoniously incorporate the essence of both, showing the charm of Chinese musicians.
The internationally acclaimed pipa virtuoso Wu Man plays the Lou Harrison's Concerto for Pipa with String Orchestra selections, including Allegro, Bits and Pieces Neapolitan, and Bits and Pieces Troika. For Wu Man, this melody Harrison wrote for her twenty years ago has a special significance. It’s a concerto from United States but tells the story of the ancient Silk Road of the Orient. Wu Man shows superb skills in integrating pipa, the ancient Chinese musical instrument, to Western musical characteristics.
Tian Bonian is the leading Chinese cellist in the international music scene. He is currently the chief cello of the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and the Cologne National Opera. He teaches at the Frankfurt Conservatory of Music in Germany and is the first Chinese cellist in the history of the institute. During the concert, he plays a melodious "Hungarian Rhapsody, Op.68 (Ungarischer Rhapsodie)". The cheerful tune is filled with the festive feeling of the New Year.
Pianist Zhao Meidi plays a piece composed by the “music prodigy” Mozart. Zhao Meidi, who started to play piano from 3 years old, was accepted by the University of Geneva as a preparatory student at the age of 9. She received the bachelor's degree at the age of 14 and a master's degree at the age of 16. When the genius girl meet ““music prodigy”, it creates magical chemistry with wonderful music energy.
It has been ten years since the first debut of Grand Festive Music Concert. By extending the jubilation of previous years, the Grand Festive Music Concert 2017 continuously connects the world’s Chinese people by featuring the perfect blending of Chinese and Western music instruments, the most melodious voices and a splendid stage design. Bring a cheerful and spiritual start in the year ahead.