Encouraging Hurricane Victims with Music
——Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College Holds Activities on Confucius Institute Day

[Source]    Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College [Time]    2017-10-19 11:26:50 

From September 29th to 30th, local time, the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College specially invited Tianjin Traditional Chinese Orchestra to present two “Elegant Chinese Folk Music”concerts for the local people in celebration of the fourth Confucius Institute Day, China’s National Day and the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture of China, the concerts were organized by the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College and co-hosted by a number of institutions such as Miami Dade County Public Schools, City of North Miami Beach, Miami Dade County Asian-American Advisory Board, Miami Dade College, the United Chinese Association of Florida, and the North Campus of Miami Dade College. George Vallejo, Mayor of North Miami Beach, Wang Yu, Deputy Consul-General of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston, and Gu Haiyong, Cultural Consulof the Chinese Consulate General in Houston participated in the activities and delivered speeches. They expressed sincere Mid-Autumn Festival wishes to the overseas Chinese and American people and wished the concerts by Tianjin Traditional Chinese Orchestra and the activities of Confucius Institute Day a complete success.

Wang Yu delivering a speech

The concerts were presented earnestly by over 20 renowned artists from Tianjin Traditional Chinese Orchestra and 12 classic tracks were thoughtfully selected to be performed during the event, including Birds Paying Homage to the Phoenix, A Night of Flowers and Moonlight by the Spring River, Liuyang River, Horse Racing, and The Moon over a Fountain. Various kinds of performing techniques such as solo and unison were employed and innovative means of presentation like the combination of musical instrument play and performances were adopted to bring into full play the strengths of such Chinese musical instruments as suona, dizi (bamboo flute), guzheng, erhu, yangqin (Chinese hammered dulcimer), wooden fish (Chinese temple block), gong, drum, small cymbal and cymbal, showcasing the charm of these classic musical masterpieces to the fullest.

Folk music and Peking Opera

The sentimental and artistically profound The Moon over a Fountain not only described the miserable experience of A Bing, a blind artist, to the audience, but also embodied his conviction of being unyielding and uncompromising to darkness and misfortune. Soon afterwards, Horse Racing unfolded with tremendous momentum and its high-spirited tunes inspired the viewers. Inspired with enthusiasm, the audience was in awe. As the music ended, it was greeted by prolonged and thunderous applause.

The erhu plays of The Moon over a Fountain and Horse Racing

The percussion play of The Mouse Gets Married vividly narrated a Chinese folklore to the audience and musical instruments such as drums, gongs, cymbals and wooden fishes seemed to be endowed with life when being played by the artists. Guided by the cadenced music, performers portrayed lifelike images to the audience with a variety of actions and expressions. All present, young and old, were amazed by the excellent and humorous performance by the artists, and burst into applause.

The percussion play of The Mouse Gets Married

Musicians talking with teachers and students of the Confucius Institute

At the concert featuring Chinese traditional folk musical instrument, sympathy was expressed to the local people hit by the hurricane “Irma” and the profound connotation of Chinese culture was also fully demonstrated.

Story by Cui Yuanyuan