Silk Road culture shines at Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Updated: 2016-12-26

The Silk Road, an ancient network connecting the East and West, has left behind many cultural treasures.

To further promote the culture of the Silk Road and boost artistic exchanges between domestic and overseas students, the Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SCM) launched a serial event "Seeking sounds along the Silk Road" in December.

The first part, falling on Dec 14, consisted of a cultural booth jointly set by students from China, Mongolia, Armenia, Italy, Malaysia and Indonesia. They displayed various distinctive customs and specialties, such as folk musical instruments, traditional costumes, architectures and local delicacies.


Deputy Secretary Liu Yan learns to make and play an Italian air whistle. [Photo provided to]

Deputy Secretary Liu Yan, an enthusiast of the event, was quite at ease with the music shows and also learned to make and play an Italian air whistle.

The second part, attracting more than 300 students from SCM and other local universities, featured a collection of 12 excellent music pieces staged at the Shanghai Symphony Hall on Dec 19.

The event started with A New Account of Dunhuang, a musical work that perfectly integrates the traditional characteristics of Chinese instruments with exotic melodies, bringing out the long history and profound culture of Dunhuang.


A New Account of Dunhuang [Photo provided to]

Following was a Mongolian dulcimer solo, an Italian organ show and an Armenian orchestral ensemble. Their performances were welcomed by audiences and brought a festival ambience to the music hall.

The event was widely regarded as a success, bringing out the very best of cultures along the Silk Road, and symbolizing a musical bridge connecting the East and West.


Performers pose for a group photo at the "Seeking sounds along the Silk Road" gala. [Photo provided to]

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