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Jilin Folk Music Orchestra stages concert at National Center for the Performing Arts

To celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the People's Republic of China, and sponsored by the Publicity Department of the CPC Jilin Provincial Committee and the Department of Culture and Tourism of Jilin Province, Jilin Folk Music Orchestra staged a concert Gao Liang Hong Le (Red Sorghum) at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing on October 23.

The concert was conducted by famous conductor Yan Huichang. Noted banhu fiddle player Shen Cheng and national class-1 vocalist Gao Yin of the China National Drama and Dance Drama Theatre were invited to join the 100-strong orchestra.

As a project which won the China National Arts Fund in 2017, Red Sorghum was created by famous composer Wang Danhong, a Jilin native, and took the Jilin Folk Music Orchestra three years to complete its orchestra edition.

Featuring Northeast China's traditional music culture, the concert consists of four parts: spring, summer, autumn and winter as a metaphor for the cycle of life. By revealing the inter-dependence between human and nature, between land and life, it conveys the lasting development of the people of northeast China.

Since its debut in August 2018, the orchestra piece has been staged for more than 30 times with numerous honors. It was performed during the first edition of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism's program for exhibiting excellent folk music orchestra pieces. It was also one of stage performances that won support from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in 2019.

"The performance is really thrilling," said Ms. Zhang, who is a music lover and watched the performance with her family. "With its unique charm, the performance is delightful both to the eyes and to the ears, and shows the thriving development of people's cultural life.”