Confucius Institute at Kabul University holds Chinese traditional music gala

[Source]    Taiyuan University of Technology [Time]    2015-06-05 16:01:23 

On April 25th, 2015, local time, Mr. Ji Naigang, a famous world travel writer and folk artist, and his wife Ms. Lin Ya were invited to visit the Confucius Institute (Chinese Department) at Kabul University, where they performed splendid traditional Chinese music for teachers and students of Kabul University and interacted with teachers and students of the Confucius Institute. As the second event to celebrate the 11th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute, it was attended by around 150 guests, including Chinese and Afghan directors of the Confucius Institute, all teachers and students of the Institute, and students from other departments of Kabul University. 

 This event started with an introduction to their travel experience by Ms. Lin Ya, who told the audience that Afghanistan was their 68th country they visited on their tour across the globe. Then, Prof. Ji performed an Erhu (a two-stringed bowed instrument) solo of Jasmine, which was followed by cheerful The Horse Racing that showed the charm of grassland. The wonderful performances by Prof. Ji greatly amazed many of the Afghan audience members who listened to traditional Chinese music for the first time.

 Prof. Ji performing a duet with Mr. Zhao Jingwu, Chinese director of the Confucius Institute

Later, Mr. Zhao Jingwu, Chinese director of the Confucius Institute, was invited to perform the Fernleaf Hedge Bamboo In The Moonlight together with Prof. Ji, where the tenderness of Erhu and the soulfulness of Hulusi (a cucurbit flute) combined to make a mesmeric melody. Then, Prof. Ji and his wife staged an improvised performance of an excerpt of the classic Chinese opera The Couple Returning Home Together, in which Ms. Lin’s graceful voice and superb singing skills gave the listeners a taste of traditional Chinese operas. After that, Prof. Ji performed Climbing the Mountain and Military March with a bamboo flute, which ignited the passion of the audience.

An improvised performance by Prof. Ji and his wife

During the event, Prof. Ji also interacted with the teachers and students. Accompanied by the his music, some of the Afghan students sang the songs Olive Tree and Sweet as Honey in Chinese and Mr. Zhang Jinfeng, a government-sponsored Chinese language teacher of the Confucius Institute, performed the song What a Beautiful Jasmine, which pushed the gala to a climax.

The final show was Prof. Ji’s solo flute performance of Hulunbuir Prairie, which drew a long standing ovation from the audience.


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