|Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra Australian Tour|
On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the Sister-State relationship between Guangdong Province and New South Wales, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra toured in Australia.
On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the Sister-State relationship between Guangdong Province and New South Wales, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Lin Daye, toured in Australia from September 18 to 23.
On September 19, more than a thousand audience, including the Guangdong Provincial Governor, Zhu Xiaodan, the Premier of New South Wales, Mike Baird, and the Consul General of China in Sydney, Li Huaxin, enjoyed the Orchestra’s fantastic performance at the City Recital Hall in Sydney. During the first half of the concert, the Orchestra opened with Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, and performed Guo Wenjing’s Folk Song Suite,Wooden Drums and Mountain Forests, Grasslands, and Eagle and Horse, evoking the majesty and beauty of China’s many mountains and rivers. Cellist Qin Liwei and sheng musician Zheng Dehui presented the Australia premiere of Zhao Lin’s Duo with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. Fusing Eastern and Western instrumental sounds, the performance was very well received by the audience. In the second half of the concert, the Orchestra gave an extraordinary performance of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9. Conducted by the passionate Lin Daye, the Orchestra brought down the house with this piece, bringing the 35th anniversary celebrations of Guangdong-New South Wale relations to a climax.
On the 22nd, the Orchestra performed at the Llewellyn Hall in Canberra on occasion of the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. More than a thousand people, including the Ambassador Ma Zhaoxu and other Chinese and Australian politicians, attended the concert. Opening with the Chinese and Australian national anthems, the Orchestra performed a fusion of Chinese and Western works, such as pipa concerto The King Doffs His Armor, violin concerto Butterfly Lovers, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, winning rounds of enthusiastic applause from the audience. The performance ended with a moving interpretation of Auld Lang Syne. According to Ambassador Ma, the performance not only showed the Australian public the innovative and vibrant face of contemporary Chinese culture, but also contributed to promoting cultural exchange between China and Australia, and strengthening the friendship between the two peoples, as well as the strategic partnership between the two countries.