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The Central Conservatory of Music will hold a festival from May 23 to 27 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of The Yellow River Cantata.
Written by composer Xian Xinghai (1905–1945) in Yan’an, Shaanxi pro
vince, in early 1939, the piece was inspired by a patriotic poem by Guang Weiran, and the lyrics
were adapted for the cantata. Premiered on April 13 of the same year in Yan’an, the work became, and remains, popular.
The conservatory’s symphony orchestra, choirs and chamber music grou
ps will join in the festival with 20 concerts, including the opening concert on May 23 condu
cted by Yu Feng, president of the university. The Yellow River Cantata will be performed by young singers.
Veteran Chinese musicians and singers, including Guo Shuzhen and Wang Xiufen, will perform during the festival.
Besides concerts, masterclasses and forums will be held in Yan’an.
The music festival will also celebrate the 70th birthday of the country.
nitiative is a challenge, but achievable,” she said, adding that at the heart of this challenge lies great potenti
al for innovation and creativity, such as new disaster risk prediction and analysis, and disaster-resilient infrastructures.
Huang Runqiu, vice-minister of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, said dis
aster risk reduction of natural hazards along the initiative is crucial for its success and sustainability.
Regions at the heart of the initiative, such as the Tianshan-Pamir Platea
u, the Himalayas, eastern parts of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and South Asia, are facing serio
us disaster threats due to tectonic movements, fragile ecosystems and extreme weather, he said.
Henrik Slotte, a senior disaster management expert from the UN Environm
ent Program, said poorly managed infrastructure projects can damage the ecosystem.
rimination bent of the law which, in my view, will lead to a significan
t inward flow of foreign capital in key services and advanced manufacturing sectors,” he said.
Overholt said “the list of issues that President Xi has addr
essed are the issues that the business community is concerned about”.
“It is excellent that President Xi recognized some problems,” especially those associated with its Belt and Road Ini
tiative, such as transparency and corruption, said Craig Allen, president of the US-China Business Council.
Experts also were interested in how the reform policies and laws would be implemented, something Xi addressed in his speech.
“People are very positive about the direction, but they need t
o know the details” of how the promises would be delivered, Overholt said.
interest in philosophy, history, literature, culture, music and sports, and that he first cul
tivated many of these interests back in middle school and they have stayed with him ever since.
His job is serving the people, and he works hard with a busy schedule, but takes great pleasure in his work, Xi wrote.
The Niles North students also inquired whether Xi likes the US.
Xi answered in the letter that he has visited their country many times and is impressed with the “beautiful landscape, hos
pitable people and diverse culture”, and he made a lot of friends, including some young people.
He said the students are “wonderful” and expressed hope that they will make greater progress in studying Chinese.
Learning Chinese will help them better understand China, a
d get acquainted with more Chinese friends and Chinese-speaking friends across the world, Xi said.
ina, the festival-which will be held through April 20-recently announced 15 nominated fil
ms, including The Composer, which will contend for the festival’s top honor, the Tiantan Award.
Inspired by a speech made by President Xi Jinping during his v
isit to Kazakhstan in 2013, the film looks back at the life of Xian, a music
ian who was once a household name and best known for his epic work, Yellow River Cantata.
When the Great Patriotic War (the Soviet Union’s defensive war again
st the invasion of Nazi Germany) broke out in 1941, Xian-who was assigned by the Commu
nist Party of China to work in Moscow-found himself stranded in Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan.
With the help of Kazakh musician Bakhytzhan Baikadamov and his family, Xian spent his final years living out the war in K
azakhstan, where he concentrated on writing music. In early 1945, the musician who was suffering fro
m multiple diseases was sent back to Moscow, where he died in a local hospital on Oct 30 the same year.