In the lead up to the Chinese Lunar New Year, China Cultural Centre (Sydney) initiated celebrations of the Year of the Rooster by bringing the Butterfly Ladies Band — Chinese New Year Concert 2017 to Australia on 20th January, a stunning performance of traditional Chinese music.
Situated at the glamorous Darling Harbour, the concert was presented as the opening performance of this year’s Chinese New Year Lantern Festival — one of the largest annually held Chinese New Year events in Sydney, taking audiences on an epic journey through the sights and traditional sounds of China.
Featuring members of the award-winning Zhejiang Traditional Orchestra, the well-acclaimed all-female band plays traditional Chinese music of various styles using a range of eastern instruments including sheng, banhu, liuqin, daruan and erhu. Their performances, highlighting unique folk styles, are highly diverse and dynamic with strong visual impacts.
Described as “Float like a butterfly, sing like a dream”, the band, with soaring bamboo flute, strings and woodwinds expertly played by selected performers, transported the audience to a place of beauty and wonder through this truly magical performance.
The 2-hour concert contained 13 pieces, incorporating the elements such as festival, reunion and happiness into the repertoire, accentuating Chinese New Year culture with beauty, simplicity, and through a unique combination of folk customs and Jiangnan flavour.
“I had a wonderful experience in this concert, not only about the high level performing skills but also the strong visual impact such as the beautiful outdoor scenery and the Chinese atmosphere”, said one of the participants.
Invited guests on this event include the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Treasury (on behalf of Mr. Bill Shorten MP), as well as Mr. Gu Xiaojie, Consul General of P.R. China in Sydney.
After the Sydney performance, the band will continue their performing journey in Adelaide Festival Centre, presenting the concert to audience in South Australia on 21st January.