Today was a long day for all of us. In the morning the whole orchestra management prepared handmade dumplings, the traditional Chinese New Year food, for all musicians. In the afternoon most of the orchestra members joined the local “Karnevall” fastival that took place in Cottbus, before we had to go to the hall. The Karnevall was a very good opportunity to get to know some of the German culture in exchange.
An enthusiastic audience welcomed the Grand Chinese New Year’s Eve in Cottbus! During the intermission our moderator Gerhard Schmitt-Thiel taught the audience the Chinese New Year greeting “Xin Nian Hao”. The audience put up a good show and gave this special greeting to the orchestra at the end of the concert. Even after three encores, the audience did not want to come to an end – the hall was shaking until the conductor returned on stage and took the concert master off the stage….
It was the third time for our CNYC in Cottbus and we already build up a small Chinese music fan community! We are looking forward to more and more Chinese music fans and friends in Cottbus, who will come to our Grand Chinese New Year Concert every year!