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NCPA to stage 8 orchestral concerts marking Spring Festival

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Swan Lake is a ballet by Tchaikovsky, about a princess, Odette, who has been turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer’s curse; Prince Siegfried falls in love with her and tries to save her, but he is outwitted by the magician, and the prince and princess kill themselves to escape the curse. Mengtianhan |

A total of eight orchestral concerts will be staged at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) from January 10 to January 20 in celebration of the Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year.

The music ensembles, including the China National Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, and the China National Opera House Symphony Orchestra, will bring audiences both traditional Chinese music and Western classical music to meet the different musical tastes.

Audiences will be able to enjoy Tchaikovsky’s “The Swan Lake Suite,” Johannes Brahms’ “Nanie,” as well as Chinese music like “Spring Festival Overture,” “Beautiful Night” and “On the Field of Hope.”

The Concert Hall in national center for the performing arts will be the focus for Chinese New Year or Soring Festival celebrations .

The Spring Festival, in China, also called Chinese New Year, starts on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. The festival lasts for about 23 days, ending on the 15th day of the first lunar month in the following year in the Chinese calendar.

Tied to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Spring Festival is the most important holiday in China and was traditionally a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. It was also a time to bring family together for feasting.

The last day (the 15th day of the first lunar month) of the New Year is known as the Lantern Festival. The actual date is not a fix date, instead it is changed according to the Chinese lunar calendar every year.

The Chinese Lunar New Year will start on Jan. 25, 2020. Xinhua

Traditional chinese changing face performance during the celebrations of the Spring Festival.
Daniel M. Cisilino |

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