Shandong sets tone for New Year celebrations

(| Updated : 2019-12-19

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A New Year symphony and folk concert will be held in January at the Shandong Grand Theater in Jinan, capital of East China's Shandong province.

The events are jointly organized by the Shandong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism and the Shandong Song and Dance Theatre.

The symphony, which will run for 120 minutes, will be held on Jan 1, 2020.


The Shandong New Year Symphony will be held on Jan 1, 2020 in Jinan, capital of Shandong province. [Photo/WeChat account: sdswltwx]

Audiences will have the chance to experience many European classics, including Kaiser-Walzer, Piano Concerto No 1,"Libiamo ne'lieti calici" (Brindisi), Radetzky March, and the Butterfly Lovers' Violin Concerto.

Xu Bo, deputy head of the Shandong Song and Dance Theatre Symphony Orchestra, said that around 130 musicians will take part in the concert, including Liu Yunzhi, a famous violinist, and Yuan Jie, one of the "top ten young pianists in China".

Xu added that the upcoming symphony will be the largest and most prestigious symphony to be held in Shandong province in recent years.

The folk concert, which will run for 100 minutes, will be held on Jan 19, 2020.


The Shandong New Year Folk Concert will be held on Jan 19, 2020. [Photo/WeChat account: sdswltwx]

Ma Hailong, director of the Traditional Orchestra of the Shandong Song and Dance Theatre, said that it will treat audiences to Shandong-style kuaiban (a Chinese traditional talk show recited to the rhythm of bamboo clappers), Peking Opera, and satar (a traditional Uygur instrument that resembles an Indian sitar), morin khuur (a horse-head fiddle), and khoomei (a traditional throat-singing technique from Mongolia and Tova) performances.