ACCCA proudly presents:
CHINA NATIONAL ORCHESTRA QLD TOUR
Music in Splendid Attire
9 -13 April 2006
Gold Coast, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Ipswich & Sunshine Coast
Music in Splendid Attire" is an enthusiastic and breathtaking aural and visual feast presented by the China National Orchestra, casting 28 China's most accomplished musicians. The orchestra combines traditional Chinese instruments with modern electronic music and Hi-tech multi-functional equipments to create a dynamic visual experience and fresh innovative sound.
The China National Orchestra is a highly acclaimed world-class orchestra and a leading national music ensemble. It boasts an array of distinguished first-class artists who have met with success both at home and abroad. Since its founding in 1960, the China National Orchestra has visited over 40 countries, including UK, France, Germany, Russia, US, Japan and Singapore, as well as performed at the Carnegie Hall in New York and the Golden Hall in Vienna.
The Orchestra's trip to Australia marks its very first debut abroad with this brand new music creation and artistic design - "Music in Splendid Attire". The exclusive sound of the Chinese violin, bamboo flute, Chinese lute, Chinese harp, and a variety of other traditional instruments will take you on a rather splendid Chinese music tour.
More surprisingly, the show is also complemented by the unique and stylish fashion designs showcased by the performers. This adds to the vibrancy of the memorable experience.
We trust the excellent performance of the troupe in April will strike the entire nation and numerous hearts as traditions meet modern genres. Don't miss this great opportunity to experience China in Australia.
Profile of the China National Orchestra
The China National Orchestra is the largest and most integral national music ensemble in China and enjoys high acclamation in the world. Comprised of a large orchestra with traditional instruments and an ethnic music choir, the orchestra possesses many great musicians and concert artists with distinguished accomplishments at home and abroad.
The Orchestra was founded in 1960 by former chairman of the Chinese Musicians Association, the famous composer Mr Li Huanzhi (Jan.1919 - Mar.2000). The present director of the Orchestra is the celebrated musician Mr Gu Xiayang.
As a country with a long history, diverse culture and various nationalities, China has a fine source of traditional music. Through the thousands of years it has taken to inherit, reform and build up a large quantity of traditional and ethnic music, the Chinese national music has developed a school of its own in the world. The presentation of the Ensemble reserves its traditional versatile characteristics and at the same time coordinates with Chinese contemporary music, the western classical music and the folk music of other countries.
Also for the first time, the China National Orchestra has transformed its usual numbered notation into the western system of notation using staves. This has pushed forward the awareness of China's traditional music both in theory and practice.
For many years, a number of renowned master musicians and artists have worked for the China National Orchestra and have made great contributions to its development. Apart from the founder Li Huanzhi, others include conductor Muhai Tang (present Artistic Advisor and Conductor Laureate of The Queensland Orchestra), conductor, composer and concert artist Mr Qin Pengzhang, artist Wang Tiechui performing on the bamboo flute (Dizi) and vertical bamboo flute (Xiao), Chinese Lute player Liu Dehai, composers Li Qun and Li Yinghai, lyric composer Zhang Li, as well as other distinguished musicians and artists such as Liu Wenjin, Hu Bingxu, Yan Huichang and Yu Songlin. The current artistic director is the prominent sopranist Li Guyi.
Numerous notable musicians from home and abroad have collaborated with the orchestra, such as Yan Fangkun, Han Zhongjie, Bao Huiqiao, Chen Chengxiong, Mu Ren, Pu Fanxun and Youyou Ma. Moreover, the China National Orchestra has also nurtured numbers of eminent music talents, such as erhu fiddle player Song Fei, Tang Feng and Yu Hongmei, 'Chinese harp' player Li Ying, 'Chinese lute' player Zhao Cong, and tenor Jiang Jiaqiang.
As the only national-level traditional instrument ensemble, the China National Orchestra has successively visited many countries and regions in the world, including the UK, France, Germany, Austria, Russia, US, Demark, Sweden, Greece, Egypt and Japan. It was the first ensemble to give the Chinese New Year Concert at the Golden Hall in Austria. So far it has held hundreds of concerts at a number of first-class theatres, including the Berlin Philharmonie in Germany, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Art Centre and John F. Kennedy Centre for Performing Arts in the United States, Champs-Elysees Theatre in France, Herod Atticus Theatre in Greece as well as UN General Assembly Hall. The theatres were always fully packed for every performance, and the performances aroused a great appreciation all over the world.
In 1993, the Ensemble founded the Asian Orchestra with the Japanese Music Group and the Korean National Orchestra, aiming to promote the creation and exchange of the Asian national music. Further to this, the Ensemble held the Chinese New Year Concert respectively in 1998 and 1999 at the Vienna Golden Hall in Austria, which received a warm welcome and great acclaim. The China Central Television, the National Television of Austria, and Satellite Channel 3 of Europe broadcasted the performances live. The epochal creation 'Music in Special Attire" produced in 2005, will re-mark the history of Chinese national music.
For more information about the show and tickets for' Music in Splendid Attire', please consult all major local media or contact Mr Fan Chen at 3344 6868 or 0413 054 978. (By ACCCA)
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