Arts festival brings music, opera and song to campus

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Officiating guests and guest performers at the closing performance.
The “Music Dreams Come True” concert on 16 November marked the grand finale of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) Arts Festival 2016.
 
The concert was a collaboration between Ms Yao Jue, a renowned violinist, the CityU Philharmonic Orchestra (CityU PO) and the Hong Kong String Orchestra (HKSO).
 
 
(Left) Ms Yao performed Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto with the CityU Philharmonic Orchestra and Hong Kong String Orchestra. (Top right) Professor Yang Chen from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music performs with the CityU Chinese Orchestra. (Bottom right) Professor Pi Xiaocai from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music at the “City Melodies of Love” vocal concert. 
CityU PO opened the concert with Greensleeves, a timeless classic expressing love and peace. HKSO then joined the CityU PO string section to perform the second piece, Tchaikovsky's Serenade in C major, Op. 48.
 
The concert reached its climax when Ms Yao joined the two orchestras to perform the iconic Butterfly Lovers’ Violin Concerto.
 
Mr Herman Hu Shao-ming, Council Chairman, said the concert offered a great opportunity for CityU students to perform with world-class professional musicians. The great performance marked the successful finale of this year’s CityU Arts Festival.
 
The festival, now in its second year, is an essential part of the University’s efforts to promote the arts. It kicked off on 20 October with performances by the CityU PO and the CityU Chinese Orchestra at the opening ceremony.
 
One of the highlights of ceremony was a performance of the Yellow River Piano Concerto by the CityU Philharmonic Orchestra and the well-known pianist Mr Zhang Peng.
 
 
Yellow River Piano Concerto by the CityU Philharmonic Orchestra and Mr Zhang Peng.
The festival, which was organised by the Cultural and Sports Committee, ran from 20 October to 16 November. The programmes included:
 
·         CityU Arts Festival 2016 Opening Ceremony Concert with the CityU Philharmonic Orchestra, CityU Chinese Orchestra and Mr Zhang Peng (20 October)
·         “City Melodies of Love” Vocal Concert (26 October)
·         CityU Choir with the Lingnan Girl Choir from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music (3 November)
·         HD Screening of Metropolitan Opera: Turandot (4 November) and Les pêcheurs de perles (5 November)
·         The musical Fame performed by CityU students (9 & 10 November)
·         CityU Chinese Orchestra with the Xinghai Conservatory of Music (12 November)
·          “Music Dreams Come True” by the CityU Philharmonic Orchestra, Ms Yao Jue and Hong Kong String Orchestra (16 November)
 
For more information, please visit http://www.cityu.edu.hk/ctspc/events#artsfestival2016.
 
CityU Choir with the Lingnan Girls Choir from the Xinghai Conservatory of Music.

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