On the evening of November 17th, local time in Italy, a large-scale concert for the traditional Chinese orchestra titled "Cantonese Rhyme alongside the Silk Road" was held in Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna, Italy. This concert presented the exploration and innovation of contemporary Chinese chamber music through a fusion of old and new.
Talented musicians from Guangdong, China delivered stunning performances of renowned Cantonese compositions such as "In Celebration of Good Times" (《娱乐升平》), the classical Chinese piece "A Moonlit Night On The Spring River" (《春江花月夜》), the instrumental solo piece "Hundreds Of Birds Worshipping The Phoenix" (《百鸟朝凤》), and the classic folk music "Rising Higher Step By Step" (《步步高》). As a grand finale, the performer Guangdong National Orchestra prepared a special surprise for the audience that is an enchanting rendition of the widely cherished Italian piece "Torna a Surriento".
At the same time, the concert showcased a wonderful exhibition featuring Guangdong's intangible cultural heritage (ICH) projects. Guests from Bologna had the opportunity to engage in face-to-face exchanges with ICH inheritors from Guangdong, including Rao Baolian (the inheritors of Cantonese paper-cutting art), Liu Zhongping (the inheritor of Foshan New Year woodblock paintings) and Wu Wenxin (the inheritor of Dawu clay sculpture). This unique exhibition of Lingnan's unique craftsmanship displayed the beauty of traditional Lingnan culture, as well as the innovative development and creative transformation of intangible cultural heritage in modern times.
For this cultural exchange event, Consul General Liu Kan of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Milan, said that music, as a language without borders, serves as a cultural bridge for exchanges and mutual learning between nations, as well as an important means to promote people-to-people connections. The consulate will support the organization of more cultural exchange activities to further the mutual learning and understanding of Chinese and Italian civilizations and enhance connections between people.
Mauro Felicori, Councilor for culture and landscape of the Emilia-Romagna Region, said that Emilia-Romagna has maintained a strong friendship with Guangdong Province. As the world recovers from the pandemic, there is renewed interest in fostering cultural exchange between the two regions. It is hoped that the cooperation between the two sides can be deepened in cultural aspects, such as the protection and development of intangible cultural heritage.
Claudio Mazantti, a councilor of the city of Bologna, said that there is a special friendship between Bologna and Guangdong Province, along with the city's willingness to further enhance the mutual exchanges and cooperations.
It is reported that the Silk Road-themed concert will continue its journey as part of the "Guangdong Cultural Overseas Tour of the Charming China 2023" event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Source: Yangcheng Evening News
文丨记者 黄宙辉 通讯员 粤文旅宣