New Age Duo greets New Year in Great Hall

08:25, December 25, 2009      

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Irish-Norwegian duo Secret Garden.

Renowned Irish-Norwegian duo Secret Garden will grace the stage of the Great Hall of the People on December 30, ushering in one of the grandest celebrations of the 2010 New Year.

The New Year concert by Secret Garden will also mark the 10th anniversary of their Beijing debut in 1999.

The duo will present 24 timeless classics from seven of their smash hit albums, including Songs From A Secret Garden, White Stones, Once In A Red Moon and Earthsongs, as well as some of the latest productions, with one of their signature singles "Nocturne" highlighted on the repertoire.

In addition, violinist Fionnuala Sherry will also feature Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto as a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the creation of the great Chinese composition.

Founded in 1994 by Irish violinist Fionnuala Sherry and Norwegian composer/pianist Rolf Løvland, Secret Garden is regarded as one of the icons of Neo-Classical music, also known as New Instrumental Music for its dreamy, romantic melodies.

Winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995, their first album Songs from a Secret Garden was an immediate hit, going platinum in many parts of the world, and staying on the American billboard "New Age" charts for two years.

Their outstanding performances led to the success of the albums that followed, with many of their songs featured by numerous singers, TV productions and film soundtracks.

Music diva Barbra Streisand adapted Heartstrings from their debut album and used it in her wedding to James Brolin. The film 2046 by renowned Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai also featured Searching for the Past from their 2004 album Earthsongs.

Source: Global Times
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