On December 27, the “Night by the Liwa River” New Year’s Concert was staged on ECNU’s Zhongbei campus.
“Night by the Liwa River” New Year’s Concert
ECNU University Council chairwoman Mei Bin sends out New Year greetings.
The night began with a speech delivered by ECNU University Council chairwoman Mei Bing, who sent New Year’s greetings to ECNU’s alumni and friends all over the world.
Da Pan, an alumnus of ECNU, kicked off the concert with “I Want to Take a Walk along the Jinshajiang Road”，a song composed by himself to remember the campus life at ECNU.
The choruses, “The Rainbow”, “New Year’s Memories” and “African Alleluia”, triggered a warm response from the audience, with their romantic lyrics and punchy melodies.
The orchestral music.
The orchestral music “Dance of the Yao People” and “Me and My Country” expressed the joy of the people and offered a salute to the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.
The orchestral music was followed by a duet by Xu Hui, a doctoral student of the School of Music, and Cao Zhengcao, a music teacher, who performed the songs “It is Me”, “She Looks up at the Stary Sky” and “You are Everything to Me”.
The night reached its climax of joy with the performance of several well-known artists, including the comical violin medley by violinist Chang Lin, the free-flowing flute solo “Concertino” by Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, a member of the Dinosaur Annex Ensemble, and “Theme of the Great Wall - the Fourth Movement” and “Horse-racing” by Duan Aiai, chief erhu instrumentalist with Shanghai Chinese Orchestra and a visiting scholar at Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
The show ended in the soaring melodies of “Orfeo Overture” and the enthusiastic applause from the audience.
The “Night by the Liwa River” New Year’s Concert is an annual event launched in 2014 to express ECNU’s gratitude and best wishes to its alumni and friends throughout the globe for their energetic support in the past year. It is also a form of salutation to those alumni who have made outstanding contributions to local and national development. Jointly hosted by the ECNU Alumni Association and ECNU Education Development Foundation, the concert has become a special tradition for the university to ring out the old year and ring in the new.
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