“Happy Chinese New (Y) ear” Concert
In order to celebrate the Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival, the Confucius Institute and the School of Music at Georgia State University (GSU) co-organized a “Happy Chinese New (Y)ear: 2014 The Year of Horse” concert in the evening of Feb.9 .
This concert is an annually event, which is free for the public. This year, people from various communities of the city came to Florence Kopleff Recital Hall at GSU. They enjoyed the excellent performance provided by artists from the School of Music, Spring Yang Music Studio and Journey Arts Center. It was a perfect blend of Chinese traditional and contemporary music.
Dr. Baotong Gu, the director the Confucius Institute at GSU, delivered the welcome remark, which served as a prelude of the concert. The School of Music presented the first three programs In Distance, Three Chinese Love Songs and Childhood Sketches. These programs demonstrated the artists’ profound understanding of Chinese culture and their exceptional mastery of performing skills. They all received great appreciation from the audience. The following program was Ode to the New Year performed by Journey Art Center Chorus, which brought the audience to the zenith of harmony and happiness. After that, there were Pulling an Aloe Flower, Joy, and Horse Race performed by Spring Yang Music Studio using Chinese traditional instruments such as flutes and guzheng (a Chinese plucked zither). These two programs immersed the audience in a joyful and pleasant atmosphere. Then, the violin ensemble Butterfly Lovers presented by Yang Que Music Studio made the whole audience indulged in the touching ancient love tragedy. In addition, Journey Arts Center also brought us a fashion show of Qipao (a Chinese costume), which presented the elegance of Chinese women. In the end Qian Li, a soprano soloist, performed I Love You, China, which brought the concert in to the climax and also signified a complete success.
The “Happy Chinese New (Y)ear” concert not only brought us savory artistic enjoyment, but also paved the way of a peaceful and promising future. The concert epitomizes a continuous and joint endeavor of the Confucius Institute at GSU and local communities in enhancing diversity and academic excellence in the Atlanta Metropolitan area.