To celebrate the Chinese New Year, five highly renowned master instrumentalists from Zhejiang National Music Orchestra were invited to perform in Sydney (Westfield Parramatta) on the 11th of February, providing an enchanting experience of traditional Chinese Music to local audiences.
This was the second collaborated event between China Cultural Centre and Westfield Group Australia during the Chinese New Year, both of which have resulted in a spectacular display of life, colour and traditional Chinese culture to the surrounding area.
During the concert, the musicians delivered a select repertoire that encompassed the pipa solo, Spring Rain; guzheng and zhongruan performances of A Paean of Ruan; two flute solos, Francolins Soaring Aloft and Tea Leaves Picking, as well as erhu solos, Bird Twitter and The Beautiful Scenery of Jiangnan. In addition, the concert also included well-known musical pieces from both China and Australia, such as Jasmine and Click Go the Shears.
The performance lasted for 40 minutes, with the elegant pieces echoing harmoniously throughout the shopping centre. The event brought such a strong sense of joy and festivity, and received such an outstanding response, that the orchestra returned to the stage for a lively encore, delighting the audience once again with their skill and enthusiasm.
Established in 1957, the Zhejiang National Music Orchestra has earned its great reputation at home and abroad for its interpretation of the distinctive music of the province of Zhejiang. The Orchestra has also made performing tours in the US, Germany, Finland, France, Japan, Malaysia, representing both China and the Zhejiang Province and achieving accolades worldwide.