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Traditional music and flute concert

By Joyce Zhang (Shanghai Daily)

14:25, November 20, 2011

Traditional Chinese music and folk music will be performed by the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra next Monday at Shanghai Concert Hall.

The concert will be conducted by Liu Sha and feature flutist Wang Ciheng, both from the Central Chinese Orchestra.

The program will feature "Yangko Dance on the String," "The Song of Flight," "Memory" and "Lyric Variation," created in 2003 by composer Liu Changyuan.

It is said to depict "the vivid life of common citizens" and represents both the characteristics of a Chinese orchestra as well as modern compositional elements.

"The Song of Flight" is popular among the Miao ethnic people of Guizhou Province as a courting song. This is a new version by Tang Jianping that includes elements of both Miao and Yi music and features instruments such as conch shells and ox horns.

Flutist Wang studied at the Central Conservatory of Music and later with bamboo flute masters in both northern and southern China. He has developed new flute techniques.

"Music represents the feelings in your heart that find release," says Wang.

Conductor Liu also graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music. He says traditional Chinese music is fertile ground for creating new sounds.

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