Cementing ties with music

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 23 Aug 2019

The Guangxi Symphony Orchestra delighting the audience with timeless melodies during the Maritime Silkroad Legend Concert in celebration of 45 years of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China.

A MARITIME Silk Road Legend Concert was held in Penang to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China.

The visiting Guangxi Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Tao Lin, delivered a world-class performance at Dewan Sri Pinang in George Town.

An overture of the P. Ramlee Medley arranged by Lukman Aziz, and L’Arlesienne Suite No.2 composed by George Bizet were among the night’s repertoire.

Also delighting the near-capacity crowd was a Symphonic Fantasia of The Third Sister Liu - A Mountain Song Fairy, composed by renowned Chinese composer Du Mingxin.

Following the intermission, Malaysian pianist Claudia Yang joined the ensemble to play a piano concerto, Dream of the Red Chamber, which she composed alongside Hungarian Gyula Fekete.

Based on the classical Chinese novel Dream of the Red Mansion by Cao Xueqin, the concerto had four movements titled Fairy in Sorrow, Love Ode, Dream in Vanity and Beauty’s Ballade.To cap off the concert recently, Muar-native Yang also played P. Ramlee’s Getaran Jiwa to rapturous applause.

The concert was hosted by the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Penang, the China National Arts Fund and the Penang state government.

State exco member Soon Lip Chee , representing Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow who was overseas on a working trip, said it was an opportunity for locals to better understand the musical culture shared by the two nations.

“The diplomatic relations Malaysia forged with China 45 years ago has led to mutual cooperation, development and prosperity.

“Penang itself has close ties with Chinese cities such as Xiamen, a Sister City since 1993. We also have Friendship City status with Zhongshan, Sanya, Chengdu and Hainan.

“Such close ties are beneficial to the development of economy, culture and tourism sectors, among others. We want to build on this solid foundation to create more opportunities and cooperation to benefit people of both nations,” he added in his speech.

Consul-General of the People’s Republic of China in Penang, Lu Shiwei, echoed those sentiments and said the 45-year relations had yielded lots of economic advantages.

He pledged that the two nations will continue to work together to promote dialogue, understanding, friendship and cultural exchange, between its people.

“Music is an international language that transcends borders. Tonight’s concert symbolises the friendship we share,” Lu added.
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