THE “Night of Liwa River - 2018 New Year Concert” was staged on December 29-30 2017 in the Siqun Hall at the Zhongbei campus.
It attracted an audience of approx. 1,000 people, including university leaders, alumni and donor representatives. The concert was also streamed live through the Internet and WeChat to reach the ECNU alumni living and working across the globe.
In his speech prior to the concert, University Council chairman Tong Shijun recalled some of the highlights of 2017, and expressed his heartfelt appreciation and best wishes to global ECNUers for their continual support. In retrospect, Tong added, what the university has achieved thus far could not have succeeded without the commitment of its alumni. He vowed that in 2018 the university will remain loyal to its original mission, striving to create a better and brighter future for ECNU through the spirit of innovation, wisdom, and fearlessness to march forward.
University Council chairman Tong Shijun delivers a speech prior to the concert.
After the speech, the concert opened up with a repertoire of musical performances that comprised opera and symphony.
Teachers and students of the Music Department performed the best pieces of the operetta “Die Fledermaus” composed by Austrian Johann Strauss Sohn, which was conducted by Prof. Chang Lin, vice dean of the department. The department’s Symphony Orchestra also played the prelude of the operetta.
Vocalists of ECNU Opera Experimental Center wowed the audience with one of the most melodious, worldly recognized parts of the classic rendition.
The audience enjoy the concert.
The next hit of the show was “Pictures at an Exhibition & Other Russian Showpieces”, a piano arrangement written by Russian composer Mussorgsky Modest Petrovich. It settled the audience down for an after-intermission special, presenting them with its flawless take on the classic composition. Hou Runyu, a lifetime professor and Ph.D supervisor of ECNU, displayed his mastery in conducting the orchestra.
The concert is also streamed live through the Internet and WeChat.
The concert wrapped up with the encore “Readetzsky March”. It was a splendid tune to send the audience home; they clapped their hands to the rhythm as the show ended.
The spectacular performance led some listeners to carry out the notes which persisted long after the concert winded up.
“As a link between the university and its alumni, I hope that this will expose more great music to us in the future, said a former history student of the class of 1977 who has been loyal to the concert for years.