Classic Chinese Folk Songs Reach Peru Audience: Confucius Institute of Pontifical Catholic University in Peru Joins Hands with Nanjing University Folk Music Orchestra to Hold Chinese Folk Music Concert

[Source]    Confucius Institute of Pontifical Catholic University of Peru [Time]    2018-10-20 11:41:59 

On October 4th local time, the Confucius Institute of Pontifical Catholic University of Peru held a Chinese folk music concert at Santa Ursula Concert Hall in Lima, in partnership with Nanjing University Folk Music Orchestra. This event, highly welcomed by the local audience, was the first time that Nanjing University Folk Music Orchestra had given performance in Peru in response to the initiative of the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) to strengthen cultural exchanges and cooperation with South American countries.

This event was attended by nearly 1,000 people, including Jorge Tay, Chairman of the Central Society of China Beneficence, Eduardo Yong Motta, Chairman of the Chinese Language Association in Peru, Ruben Tang, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute, Zhu Xiaoyan, Cultural Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Peru, Huang Hao, Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute as well as representatives of Chinese enterprises, overseas Chinese, faculties and students in high schools and universities, faculties and students in Confucius Institute and people from local community.



This event began with “Harvest Celebration”, an orchestral folk music which shows the festive of harvest and jubilation scenes in autumn through the melodious music. Thus, a lively and cheerful atmosphere was created at the very beginning of this event.

What followed was a “Joyful South Yangtze’’, which shows the rhyme of flowing water under bridges in the south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. This song made the audience fascinated by the water towns within that region. Audience was also brought to the scene along the ancient Silk Road by “Camel Bells Along the Silk Road’’, an instrumental ensemble by Da Ruan, a traditional Chinese musical instrument. Through this program, China expresses its vision to join hands with countries along the Belt and Road Initiative for shared development.

“Joyful South Yangtze”orchestral ensemble

“Camel Bells Along the Silk Road”ensemble

Coming up were performances of “Spring of the Yihe River” in liuqin, a plucked stringed musical instrument from China, silk string quintet “Parting at Yaungguan” and “In the Field of Hope” in erhu, receiving acclamation and warm applause from the audience from time to time.

Erhu ensemble“Horse Racing”

Flute solo “Spring of the Yihe River”

It is worth mentioning that the folk music orchestra has also delivered a song that closely linked with Peruvian culture, known as “Song of the Eagle”. Integrating Chinese musical instruments with a song known to every household in Peru produces a fresh feeling to the audience and pushes this event to an exciting climax.

“Song of the Eagle” live show by the orchestra

The concert ended amid the song “Booming Flowers and a Full Moon”, indicating that Chinese people and Peru people enjoy durable friendship.

The staff and guests

Zhu Xiaoyan spoke highly of the event, adding that Peruvian President Vizcarra and Vice President Araozas well as other politicians’ show up on the National Day reception of the Chinese Embassy in Peru fully demonstrate that the two countries are witnessing political mutual trust, economic and trade cooperation and deepening cultural exchanges. The performance of Nanjing University Folk Music Orchestra enables more Peruvians to understand Chinese folk music and helps to get Chinese folk music accepted on the global stage. Meanwhile, it helps to enhance cultural exchanges between China and Peru and pave the way for the two countries to deepen cultural cooperation in the future.

The Chinese Folk Music Concert concluded the “Chinese Culture Week” hosted by the Confucius Institute of Pontifical Catholic University in Peru to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese National Day. As a window for Chinese culture, the series of activities lasted for half a month enable Peruvians understand more about Chinese culture, get access to a more vivid China and different kinds of Chinese culture.


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