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Grand Chinese New Year Concert makes debut in Lithuania

Editor: Zhang Jianfeng 丨Xinhua

02-04-2017 07:16 BJT

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VILNIUS, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Grand Chinese New Year Concert made its debut at the National Philharmonic Concert here on Friday night to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Rooster.

With a tone of heroism, Chinese national orchestra piece General Mandate kicked off the concert and led the audience to experience the bravery and morale of the ancient warriors in fierce battles.

Passionate and vigorous horn, sonorous and powerful drum, this famous piece of Chinese music made the audience excited and overwhelmed.

"Just fantastic, I really like it, it is so different with ours, very Chinese, also very inspiring, this is the reason why I like it more than others at the concert," said Greta, a local girl who once studied sinology for four years in Vilnius University.

She told Xinhua that this is the first time she enjoyed the live performance of Chinese national music orchestra, and she was so moved by the performers' emotions and passions.

The concert hall with 650 seats was packed with more chairs installed in the aisle.

"Even the highest price at 35 euros (38 U.S. dollars), the tickets were sold out very quickly, " said Danas Skramtai, senior manager of Lithuanian Philharmonic Society, local organizer of this concert.

Titled "Fuchun Mountain Capriccio & Gateway to Silk Road Symphony", the concert features the typical characters of the famous Silk Road starting in Shaanxi province and beautiful Fuchun Mountain located in Zhejiang province.

Presented by Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Orchestra and Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, the concert celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Grand Chinese New Year Concert (GCNYC) since its first in the Musikverein of Vienna in 1998.

"GCNYC is one of the largest presentation of Chinese music in Lithuania in terms of number of artists on stage at the same time. These two orchestras -- all together 80 artists -- will certainly help promote the better knowledge of the Chinese culture within our audience," Skramtai said.

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