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Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra attends Chopin Festival in Austria
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2011-08-13 08:09

China's Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra, which was invited to attend the 27th Chopin Festival held in Gaming, a city of the Lower Austria, performed on Friday evening a concert, which was warmly welcomed by local audience.

This year's Chopin Festival opened on Thursday with the theme of "China . Chopin and European music". It also aims to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Austria.

The fantastic performance by Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra has conquered local audience. The musical group presented the most famous musical composition both from China and Europe, such as " The Magic Flute Overture" and "Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor" of Mozart, as well as "Floating Flavor of the Jasmine Flower".

In an interview with Xinhua, Chinese Ambassador to Austria Shi Mingde said that Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra's participation in this year's Chopin Festival is part of the highlights celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

"It is also the first time for a Chinese musical group to perform in the Chopin Festival, which plays an important role in the promotion of cultural exchange as well as the development of relations between the two countries,"he said.

The ambassador said that cultural exchange has always been a very important part of the relationship between China and Austria.

Theodor Kanitzer, president of the International Chopin Association, told Xinhua that "This year is the 40th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between China and Austria, which is one of the most critical reasons to invite a Chinese symphony orchestra to this year's festival."

"I also feel pleased and proud of being able to have Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra, such an excellent group to attend this year' s festival", he said.

The Chopin Festival, which was founded in 1985 by the International Chopin Association in Vienna to commemorate the famous poet and pianist Chopin, is annual event in the city of Gaming, the state of Lower Austria in Aug..

The festival has now become one of the important cultural activities in Austria. A large number of pianists, instrumentalists, singers, conductors, orchestras, chamber orchestras and choirs from hundreds of countries and regions have performed in this festival so far.

The 27th Chopin Festival will end on Aug. 14.

Source:Xinhua 
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