Folk melodies linger after close of Shanghai Summer School music course
Updated: 2017-07-11

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The 2017 Shanghai Summer School program for international students interested in traditional Chinese music closes at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music on June 29. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

The curtain fell on the 2017 Shanghai Summer School program for international students interested in traditional Chinese music on June 29.

A joint effort of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and Shanghai Conservatory of Music (SCM), the program attracted nine students from Malaysia, Belarus, Japan and Colombia to embark on a musical journey from June 12 to 30, attending master classes, lectures and cultural visits.

The graduation ceremony was held on the campus on June 29, with students staging 12 performances featuring folk melodies and traditional Chinese instruments.

Students from the Belarusian State Academy of Music won prolonged applause from the audience with their performances of Chinese folk songs and their language proficiency. The ensemble Horse Racing featuring traditional Chinese musical instrument the erhu (a two-stringed bowed instrument) took the joyous atmosphere to a new high.

The students were awarded graduation certificates, and won wide recognition from the teachers for their musical progress over the three weeks.

The annual traditional Chinese music program of Shanghai Summer School has been held at the SCM campus since 2011. It is aimed at developing overseas students' interests in China's musical art, enhancing their understanding and recognition of Chinese culture, and improving Shanghai's international image and its educational strength.

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A student from the Belarusian State Academy of Music sings a Chinese folk song at the graduation ceremony on June 29. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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