Following the successful response from its Adelaide performance, “Treasure of the Nation” 2016 Chinese New Year Concert arrived in Sydney on the 20th of February with great anticipation, drawing a large number of music and culture enthusiasts to experience a wonderful night of Chinese orchestra.
Conducted by Xia Hong, National first Class Conductor in China and permanent conductor of the China National Opera & Dance Drama Theatre (CNODDT), “Treasures of the Nation” combines tradition with modern elements, selecting and transforming well-known pieces into forms that align with contemporary style.
Arranged by a team of professional composers possessing distinct musical styles and traits, the presented repertoire embodies a conglomeration of local instruments from various parts of China, forming an appealing and novel representation of Chinese traditional music.
In addition to the classic Chinese pieces “Spring Festival Overture”, “Dragons Rising and Tigers Leaping”, the 12-program concert also includes “Mongolian Pastoral Song”, “Great Wall Capriccio”, “Walk at Frontier Fortress”, and “Deep in the Night”, presenting audiences with a delightful selection of themes and styles.
“It took us a year to design ‘Treasures of the Nation’. Our musicians have been to different cities and regions in China, seeking inspiration and collecting musical samples from local areas”, said Dong Luan, Deputy Director of the Orchestra.
Mr. Cheng Tao, Dean of CNODDT commented, “We hope this concert can well present the beauty and essence of Chinese traditional music, and help people taste Chinese culture through its traditional form of music”.
The Chinese Music Orchestra has a history of over 50 years since its establishment. During its performance practice over the past decades, it has formed a unique artistic style and fostered a large number of performers with high artistic attainments. As a renowned national-level orchestra at home and abroad, Chinese Music Orchestra has accumulated many transitional and popular instrumental music works in the history of Chinese music, which have become long-playing and highly-appreciated repertoires.