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"The Sound of Spring" concert in New York presents music that transcends cultures******
Artists from the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music on Sunday presented in New York City its third Chinese New Year Concert "The Sound of Spring" which bridged the Eastern and Western cultures and found strong resonation with an audience of around 1,000 people.
"The Sound of Spring" made a comeback to the theater in the city after it took the form of online performance last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The special annual event showcased some of the well-known Chinese American artists and solo artists in the United States today, and Chinese music as well as traditional instruments.
The first half of the program featured "Ode to Pear Blossoms" from The Royal Consort of Tang, a newly created Peking opera, which combines modern sounds with traditional form, as well as two pieces honoring the Yellow River, which has been referred to as the cradle of Chinese civilization and has a strong place in the cultural imagination, according to the US-China Music Institute.
The second half of the concert showcased the lyrical sounds of the traditional Chinese pipa, the exciting suona, and beautiful vocal music in celebration of the Chinese New Year and its spirit of family, togetherness, and looking ahead with optimism.
Around 1,000 people from various cultural backgrounds made their way to the concert despite inconvenience brought by winter storm Kenan in the New York metropolitan area.
"Our aim is not only to offer an opportunity to the US audience for entertainment on the occasion of Chinese Lunar New Year, but also to showcase Chinese culture, its history and development," said Jindong Cai, director of the US-China Music Institute.
Music and culture help connect different peoples in particular during a difficult time, according to Cai, who served as conductor of the concert.
The culture exchange between China and the United States will move on as musicians and other artists hope so and ultimately, this kind of exchange is very natural, Cai told Xinhua on Sunday.
"The concert is amazing. All the performers are exceptional. The music is extremely high quality. It's very interesting, very dynamic. I love the power and the energy of the music that I'm enjoying a lot," said Tassos Rigopoulos, who attended the concert.
The music presented by "The Sound of Spring" is very accessible to Western audiences and is very Chinese at the same time, said Rigopoulos.
"It's an interesting bridge for Western audiences, because we can appreciate the music but at the same time we have those very traditional instruments that we get acquainted with," He told Xinhua.
He added this is his first time to attend such a performance and he would follow up the events.
Isabel Wang, who studies at New York University, said she was moved to tears by the performance and she is proud that Chinese music was presented to the audience in such a great way.
The concert helps audiences with other cultural backgrounds appreciate the charm of Chinese music and Chinese culture, Wang said.
Wang said she hoped her family members will join her in attending a similar concert next year.
The performance is very unique in terms of combining the Western and Chinese music, said Mike Shen, an attendant of the concert.
Now, many musicians are making efforts in this regard and it is worth further exploration by the generations to come, Shen said.
Former Japanese PM Toshiki Kaifu passes away******
Former Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu passed away this month, Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported on Friday.。
He was 91 years old.。
After the Gulf War, the Japanese Self-Defense Force were deployed to the Gulf region to conduct minesweeping operations during Kaifu's term of office.。
CBA Roundup: Beijing stuns Shanghai, Sichuan beats Fujian******
ZHUJI, China, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing Ducks defeated the Shanghai Sharks 109-103 to end the latter's winning streak in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) here on Friday.
Signing star players including Wang Zhelin and Jamaal Franklin, Shanghai enjoyed two victories in the first two rounds of the season, winning by 60 points in total and averaging 119 points per game.
After tipoff, Shanghai took an early lead 27-21 before Beijing surpassed by 34-29 after a 13-2 streak. The two teams exchanged the lead several times in the middle of the game but Beijing gradually gained the upper hand with steady shooting. Shanghai only made four 3-pointers in the game as Franklin missed all his nine attempts.
Liu Xiaoyu led Beijing with 24 points, six rebounds, 10 assists and three steals. Wang Zhelin had a game-high 27 points and nine rebounds. Franklin contributed 17 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists.
The Fujian Sturgeons went through ups and downs in the game against the Sichuan Blue Whales. Fujian was limited to eight points in the second quarter, trailing by 28 points at the end of the first half before they stormed 20-0 to cut the deficit to six points after the interval. However, Sichuan soon established a two-digit lead again with consecutive three-pointers and sealed the victory by 101-80.
Qu Junxuan, the No.1 pick in the 2020 CBA Draft had a career-high 16 points and four blocks. Chen Linjian led Fujian with 28 points. Sichuan's Han Shuo had 14 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
The Zhejiang Lions smashed the Shandong Heroes 112-92. Shandong's two-time MVP winner Ding Yanyuhang, who had 19 points in the first round after being absent for more than three years due to knee injury, played for only two minutes without scoring.
In another game on Friday, the Ningbo Rockets lost to the Nanjing Monkey Kings 97-73 to remain winless in their debut season. Enditem