Spread Chinese music culture to the world audience

The National Centre for the Performing Arts of China and American Radio Co-produce

Spreading Chinese Music Culture to the World Audience (Huanyin Huanyang)

Our reporter Zheng Na

“People’s Daily Overseas Edition” (Page 07 on January 17, 2022)

“Hello everyone, welcome to this week’s “Voice of the National Centre for the Performing Arts”…” On January 6, 2022, with the voice of George Preston, a veteran American classical music show host, on the airwaves, The NCPA’s first overseas radio special program was officially launched on the Chicago Classical Music Radio, which is also the first time that the NCPA has jointly produced and distributed a series of radio programs with an overseas professional media organization.

The stage art of the National Centre for the Performing Arts Across the Ocean

“The Voice of the National Centre for the Performing Arts” is co-produced by the National Centre for the Performing Arts of China and the Chicago Classical Music Radio. In the first program, Preston played the erhu concerto “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” composed by the composer Tan Dun, and the representative work “Good Night” by Chinese composer Liu Tianhua. He introduced the so-called “Chinese violin” to the American audience. “Erhu” and the life of the famous Chinese composer Liu Tianhua. At the same time, he also shared Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony “Pastoral” performed by the National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra conducted by Lv Jia, the musical director of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, and Mozart’s “23rd Symphony” performed by the NCPA Orchestra and Chinese pianist Chen Sa. Piano Concerto No. 1. In a classic melody from the East and the West, the wonderful movement on the stage of the National Centre for the Performing Arts crossed the ocean and entered thousands of households in Chicago through radio waves.

According to the production practice of American classical music radio programs, the “Voice of the National Centre for the Performing Arts” series consists of 13 episodes of 2 hours each. The program is distributed in the United States by the Chicago Classical Music Broadcasting Network. In addition to the Chicago Classical Music Radio, nearly 20 local American radio stations in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, New Mexico and other places will also broadcast the “Voice of the National Theater” series. . This series of programs will also be broadcast globally through the CGTN Radio website of China Central Radio and Television Station and multiple overseas landing frequencies, showing the spirit of Chinese music in the new era to audiences around the world.

Chinese musicians tell the story of Chinese music

“The Voice of the National Centre for the Performing Arts” selects Chinese and foreign classic music performed at the National Centre for the Performing Arts from an international perspective. It not only presents the world’s classic symphony works familiar to Western audiences, but also selects a group of Chinese music works that highlight the aesthetic purpose of Chinese art. Such as Bao Yuankai’s “Silk Rain in the South of the Yangtze River” suite, He Zhanhao and Chen Gang’s “Violin Concerto “Liang Zhu”, Zhao Jiping’s “First Violin Concerto” and Chen Qigang’s symphonic chorus “Jiangchengzi”.

In order to allow American audiences to better understand Chinese music and Chinese musicians, the Chicago program production team specially invited famous Chinese musicians such as Lv Jia, Lang Lang, Chen Sa, Lv Siqing, Ning Feng, Qin Liwei who are active on the international stage to personally interpret the works and tell the story. Chinese music story. Conductor Lv Jia recounted his early music learning experience and the rich artistic life enjoyed by the Chinese people today; pianist Lang Lang introduced the importance Chinese families attach to youth music education and the vigorous development of Chinese art; violinist Lv Siqing shared his understanding of the Chinese violin concerto “The Liang Zhu”.

Connecting with art, let the world listen to the voice of China

“The Voice of the National Centre for the Performing Arts” took 8 months from program planning to production and broadcasting. The National Center for the Performing Arts and the Chicago Classical Music Radio attached great importance to this cooperation. Both parties agreed that this program is a music bridge connecting China and the United States. George Preston, vice president of the Chicago Classical Music Broadcasting Network, served as the program producer and host himself. He was amazed that during the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the National Center for the Performing Arts was able to continue to launch so many excellent performances online, which provided the series of programs. rich musical resources. He said: “The National Centre for the Performing Arts is one of the most creative performing arts institutions in the world. During the epidemic, music and art have highlighted the power of bonds, connecting the creativity of all mankind. We are very honored to bring China Introducing the artistic diversity of the NCPA to the American people.”

Gong Jicheng, Vice President of the National Centre for the Performing Arts, said: “Art knows no borders, and I hope that the world’s stage performance art products gathered by the National Centre for the Performing Arts will be brought overseas through radio waves, and I also hope that overseas audiences can learn about Chinese music and perceive Chinese culture through this program. .”

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