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The final concert of the CNYC Tour 2016 in Essen

The final concert of the CNYC Tour 2016 in Essen

Today was the last concert of the Grand Chinese New Year Concert Tour 2016. It was the third time we presented a concert at Philharmonie Essen. This year there were around 800 visitors and we could see a steadily increase of the audience each year. Let´s keep going and further increase this number in the…

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CNYC for the 12th time in Stuhr

CNYC for the 12th time in Stuhr

This year was the 12th time in a row we brought a Grand Chinese New Year Concert to Stuhr! Because of lots of traffic between Hamburg and Bremen, we arrived at the Gut Varrel very late. When we arrived in Stuhr, there were already many people at the Gut Varrel waiting for us. Each year…

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More than 1.000 guest at Laeiszhalle Hamburg!

More than 1.000 guest at Laeiszhalle Hamburg!

The Grand Chinese New Year Concert at Laeiszhalle in Hamburg was a huge success. More than 1.000 guest came to the hall that evening to listen to the traditional Chinese instruments of the Chinese Traditional Orchestra. We did not even dream about such a big audience – as this was the first time in 10…

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CNYC’s first time in a Church, the Johanniskirche

CNYC’s first time in a Church, the Johanniskirche

It was not only the first time that we visited Magdeburg, but it was also the very first time we presented the Grand Chinese New Year Concert in a church! The Johanniskirche is a beautiful church in the city center of Magdeburg, a city with a population of about 230.000. In the late afternoon the…

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Chinese New Year Eve in Cottbus

Chinese New Year Eve in Cottbus

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…

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Great Concert at Palace of Arts in Budapest

Great Concert at Palace of Arts in Budapest

After two days of relaxing in Vienna, the orchestra arrived in Budapest in the afternoon of February 2nd. It was a pity we could not organize a city tour for the orchestra due to our very tight schedule. This was the 4th time we presented the Grand Chinese New Year Concert in Budapest. Just like…

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The Chinese Traditional Orchestra arrives in Linz!

The Chinese Traditional Orchestra arrives in Linz!

The fifth concert on our tour took place at Brucknerhaus in Linz. In the morning we traveled from Tirol further east to Linz and arrived around lunch time. When we first entered the town of Linz, we were welcome by posters that announced our performance everywhere! The whole group got really excited, especially our conductor…

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Sold out Concert in Tirol

Sold out Concert in Tirol

On January 30th the orchestra woke up in Luzern, Switzerland, still excited from the wonderful concert last night. After breakfast in our hotel we traveled to Erl in Tirol, our fourth concert destination. The journey by bus took around 6 hours and we had time to rest and enjoy the countryside. Today, January 31st, our…

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11 years in Luzern

11 years in Luzern

The third station on tour was Luzern. It was already the 11th times that Wu Promotion arranged a Grand Chinese New Year Concert here. From 2006 to 2016, every year during the Chinese New Year period, many Chinese traditional orchestras have presented their musical and cultural heritage to the audience in Luzern. The Grand Chinese…

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The Grand Chinese New Year Concert returns to Nürtingen

The Grand Chinese New Year Concert returns to Nürtingen

The second day of the tour started a little hectic. In the morning the whole orchestra transferred from Wiesbaden to Stuttgart with our two tour busses and only at around 16:00 we arrived in our hotel. The musicians wanted to have some rest but directly after check in we had to drive to the Town…

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First Concert of the Tour in Wiesbaden

First Concert of the Tour in Wiesbaden

Today was the very first concert of our Grand Chinese New Year Concert Tour 2016! At the same time it was the first Grand Chinese New Year Concert in the old cultural town of Wiesbaden. After our arrival at the beautiful and over 100 years old Staatstheater, we did 4 hours of rehearsal, as all…

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Autographs and pictures with the stars of CNYC!

Autographs and pictures with the stars of CNYC!

Cottbus: last station of the Grand Chinese New Year Concert Tour 2015… After more than eight hours drive from Köln, Shanghai Chinese Orchestra has finally arrived in Cottbus, East Germany.Yesterday February 8, 2015 – a wonderful sunny Sunday – Cottbus celebrated Carnival. Local people invaded the city’s main street as the floats started their parade….

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Essen Philharmonie: one more success!

Essen Philharmonie: one more success!

Yesterday was Shanghai Chinese Orchestra in splendid Essen Philharmonie. After three hours drive from Bremen, the group arrived at the concert hall around 4:30pm.  The Grand Chinese New Year Concert is not new to Essen. Some of the people coming yesterday night to SCHO’s concert are proper fans of this production. They came dressed à…

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CNYC visits its dearest friends in Gut Varrel

CNYC visits its dearest friends in Gut Varrel

Yesterday February 5, 2015 SCHO woke up in Groningen, The Netherlands. After breakfast, the group left this lovely city and headed to Bremen, Germany. The members of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra couldn’t help but taking a couple of hours time to visit the old town and take pictures next to the bronze statue of the…

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CNYC’s first time in Groningen, The Netherlands

CNYC’s first time in Groningen, The Netherlands

After two days of relax, during which SCHO (Shanghai Chinese Orchestra) went shopping in Metzingen and visited the city of Brussels, the group reached The Netherlands yesterday February 4, 2015 in the early afternoon. A wonderful and sunny weather welcomed the Orchestra in Groningen.The Grand Chinese New Year Concert Tour was already hosted in The…

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CNYC arrives in Nürtingen!

CNYC arrives in Nürtingen!

Shanghai Chinese Orchestra left Luzern yesterday morning. The group passed the German frontier and reached Nürtingen around 2pm. In Nürtingen – a small city of 30.000 inhabitants near Stuttgart – the arrival of the 80 members of the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra was quite a special event. Wu Promotion’s most successful production – The Grand Chinese…

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Concert sold out for CNYC’s 10 years anniversary in Lucerne!

Concert sold out for CNYC’s 10 years anniversary in Lucerne!

Yesterday, 31st Jan. 2015 was a very important day in the history of CNYC in Switzerland. We celebrated 10 years of collaboration and friendship with Obrasso Classics and KKL (Kultur- Und Kongresszentrum Luzern).  It was a tough day for the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra. In the morning, they visited the mountain area of Lucerne district. They…

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2014 – China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang

2014 – China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang

2014, Year Of The Horse China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang / Zhang Lie, Zhang Guoyong guzheng: Su Chang Lucerne (KKL), Rotterdam (Luxor Theater), Bremen (Gut Varrel Stuhr), Essen (Philharmonie), Cottbus (Staatstheater), Budapest (Palace of Arts), Vienna (Konzerthaus), Linz (Brucknerhaus)   …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………   Program: 1. Dabo River Capriccio
 Composer: He Xuntian
 Dabo River Capriccio is adapted from…

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The Grand Chinese New Year Concert Tour 2014

The Grand Chinese New Year Concert Tour 2014

This year we had the pleasure to travel around Europe with the China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang. For the third time already, the orchestra had been chosen to feature in the Grand Chinese New Year Concert Tour. Many musicians still recalled memorable moments from past tours in 2006 and 2007, like visiting the pyramids in Egypt…

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2013 – Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra

2013 – Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra

2013, Year Of The Snake Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra/Zhang Lie Dizi: Zhang Yanwu – Singer (F): Li Ya – Singer (M): Du Pengpeng – guzheng: Zhang Jie – suona: Yang Xiaoxian Lucerne (KKL Luzern) – Bremen/Stuhr (Gut Varrel) – Ostrava (City House of Culture) – Prague (Smetana Hall) – Berlin (Komische Oper) Watch the gallery >>>…

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2012 – China Traditional Orchestra of Inner Mongolia

2012 – China Traditional Orchestra of Inner Mongolia

2012, Year Of The Dragon China Traditional Orchestra of Inner Mongolia/Zhang Lie Soprano: Zhang Fenglian – Matouqin: Men De – Mongolian Singer: Tu Ya – Pipa: Guo Xiaoru – Dizi: Han Sanming Muscat (Oman Royal Opera Theater) – Luzern (KKL Luzern) – Bologna (Auditorium Manzoni) – Stuhr (Gut Varrel) Watch the Gallery! >> Program 1….

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2011 – Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

2011 – Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

2011, The Year Of The Rabbit Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra/Yan Huichang Guzheng: Luo Jing – Guanzi: Guo Yazhi Tromsø – Lucerne – Bremen/Stuhr – Prague – Berlin Watch the Gallery! >> Program 1. Rejoice in Peace, Orchestra, Composed by: Chan Wing-wah 2. Sad Memories of Lin’an, Composed by: He Zhanhao, guzheng solo: Luo Jing 3. A Va Mountain (Three Melodies of West…

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2010 – China Broadcasting Traditional Orchestra

2010 – China Broadcasting Traditional Orchestra

2010, Year Of The Tiger China Broadcasting Traditional Orchestra/Pang Kapang Huqin: Jiang Kemei, Zhou Tingting – Pipa: Chen Yin, Ma Lin – Suona: Zhou Dongchao Koln (Koelner Philharmonie) – Stuhr (Gut Varrel) – Eisenach (Landestheater Eisenach) – Prague (Hudebni divadlo Karlin) – Vienna (Wiener Stadthalle) – Zurich (Tonhalle Zurich) Program 1. Spring Festival Overture, Chinese Traditional, Composed…

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2009 – China Traditional Orchestra Anhui

2009 – China Traditional Orchestra Anhui

2009, Year Of The Ox China Traditional Orchestra Anhui/Zhu Xiaogu, Xu Hong Pipa: Pan Changqing – erhu: Wang Yawen, Zhang Jian – guqin: Sun Zhi – dizi: Cheng Huilong Munich (Herkulessaal) – Stuhr (Gut Varrel) – Essen (Philharmonie Essen) – Luzern (KKL Luzern) –Vienna (Musikverein) – Cairo (Cairo opera House) – Alexandria (Alexandria Opera House)…

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2008 – Guangdong National Orchestra

2008 – Guangdong National Orchestra

2008, Year Of The Rat Guangdong National Orchestra/Hu Bingxu Dizi: Dai Ya – guqin: Li Cun – pipa: Zhang Qiang – huqin: Cao Yurong, He Wangbao – percussion: Chen Zuohui Lucerne (KKL Luzern) – Munich (Herkulessaal) – Antwerp (Elisabethzaal) – Stuhr (Gut Varrel) – Hannover (NDR Grosser Sendesaal) – Prague (Hudebni divadlo Karlin) – Vienna (Musikverein) – Lausanne (Olympic…

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2007 – II – China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang

2007 – II – China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang

2007, Year Of The Pig China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang/Zhang Guoyong, Wang Fujian Erhu: Yu Hongmei – pipa: Wang Tao – sanxian: Jiang Shuilin – dizi: Jiang Guoji – suona: Hou Yanqiu – Chinese Percussion: Yan Jianhua, Sheng Jie Amsterdam – Essen – Bremen / Stuhr – Hannover – Hamburg – Copenhagen – Gothenburg – Vaxjo…

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2007 – I – China National Orchestra Huaxia

2007 – I – China National Orchestra Huaxia

2007, Year Of The Pig China National Orchestra Huaxia/Kuan Naichung (Guan Naizhong) Huqin: Song Fei, Cao Dawei – guzheng: Qiu Ji – dizi: Zhang Weiliang – Chinese Percussion: Wang Yidong Lucerne – Milano – Vienna – Luxemburg – Nuremberg – Cairo – Alexandria See Program II with the China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang! >> Check the Gallery!…

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2006 – China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang

2006 – China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang

2006, Year Of The Dog China Traditional Orchestra Zhejiang/Zhang Guoyong, Wang Fujian Erhu: Yu Hongmei – pipa: Wang Tao – sanxian: Jiang Shuilin – dizi: Jiang Guoji – suona: Hou Yanqiu – chinese Percussion: Yan Jianhua, Sheng Jie Lucerne – Bremen – Essen – Amsterdam – Koln – Hannover – Munich – Vienna – Alexandria – Kairo Watch the Gallery!…

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2005 – China Traditional Orchestra Tianjin

2005 – China Traditional Orchestra Tianjin

2005, Year Of The Rooster China Traditional Orchestra Tianjin/Kuan Naichung (Guan Naizhong) Soprano: Li Qing – liuyeqin: Wang Hongyi – guqin: Kiu Shan (Qiao Shan) – guzheng: Fan Bofang – suona: Zhao Cuncai, Zhai Mingfei – yangqin and percussion: Lu Zhenyan – dizi: Xu Peiwu – erhu: Chen Youzeng Vienna (Musikverein) – Berlin – Munich…

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2004 – China Traditional Orchestra Nanjing

2004 – China Traditional Orchestra Nanjing

2004,  Year Of The Monkey China Traditional Orchestra Nanjing/Shi Zhongguang Erhu: Ou Jingxing – pipa: Yang Tingting – xun: Cao Jianguo – sheng: Lei Jiangong – suona: Li Yaorang – dizi: Xie Jiqun – Chinese Percussion: Pei Deyi Vienna (Musikverein) – Mannheim (Rosengarten Konzerthaus)  Watch the Gallery! >> Program 1. Jasmin Flower, Orchestra 2. The…

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2003 – Shanghai Chinese Orchestra

2003 – Shanghai Chinese Orchestra

2003, Year Of The Goat Shanghai Chinese Orchestra/Wang Yongji Erhu: Dun Aiai, Ma Xiaohui – guzheng: Luo Xiaoci – dizi: Qian Jun, Tang Junqiao – suona: Zuo Weiyi Vienna (Musikverein) – Dortmund (Konzerthaus) – Ludwigshafen Watch the Gallery! >> Program 1. Joy and Happiness, Orchestra, Guangdong Traditional, Arranged by: Zhou Chenglong 2. Capriccio of Mountain Liang, Suona Concerto, Composed by: Zhang Xiaofeng, suona:…

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2002 – II – China Red Star Traditional Orchestra

2002 – II – China Red Star Traditional Orchestra

2002, Year Of The Horse China Red Star Traditional Orchestra Guest Conductor: Oberst Rudolf Schrumpf See Program I with the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra >> Program II 1. Spring Festival Overture, Orchestra, Composed by: Li Huanzhi, Arranged by: Lin Weihua 2. The Deep Love to My Homeland, Composed by: Wu Yongping, Arranged by: Zhang Shiye 3. The Great Wall Fantasy, Composed…

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2002 – I – Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

2002 – I – Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

2002, Year Of The Horse Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra/Yan Huichang Vienna (Musikverein) – Munich (Herkulessal) – Daggendorf (Stadthalle) See Program II with the China Red Star Traditional Orchestra >> Program I 1. A Major Victory, Wind and Percussion Ensemble, Shaanxi Traditional, Arranged by: Zhang shiye 2. Spring Market, Composed by: Zhou Yuguo and Lei Guangyao…

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2001 – Shanghai Chinese Orchestra

2001 – Shanghai Chinese Orchestra

2001, Year Of The Snake Shanghai Chinese Orchestra/Xia Yunfei Erhu: Ming Huifen, Ma Xiaohui – guqin: Gong Yi – ruan: Liu Bo – guzheng: Luo Jing – dizi: Yu Xunfa – suona: Zhu Ying Vienna – Linz – Munich Watch the Gallery! >> Program 1. The Great Feast at the Tian Mountain, Orchestra, Arranged by: Gu Guanren 2. A Hundred Birds Paying…

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2000 – Chinese Broadcasting Traditional Orchestra

2000 – Chinese Broadcasting Traditional Orchestra

2000, Year Of The Dragon China Broadcasting Traditional Orchestra/Pang Kapang Huqin: Jiang Kemei – guzheng: Fan Weiqing – suona: Zhou Dongchao Vienna – Munich – Ingolstadt – Ludwigshafen Watch the Gallery! >> Program 1. Spring Festival Overture, Orchestra, Composed by: Li Huanzhi, Arranged by: Peng Xiuwen 2. The Rising Moon, Arranged by: Peng Xiuwen 3. Happy Harvesting, Composed by: Peng…

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1999 – China National Traditional Orchestra

1999 – China National Traditional Orchestra

1999, Year Of The Rabbit China National Traditional Orchestra/Chen Xieyang Huqin: Song Fei, Li Fuhua, Liu Xiang – guzheng: Xu Lingzi, Li Ying – pipa: Wu Yuxia – dizi: Wang Ciheng, Zeng Zhaobin – suona: Li Guangcai, Feng Xiaoquan – sheng: Zhu Jiaming – guanzi: Li Baoling – Chinese percussion: Zhu Jianping, Sun Zhicheng Vienna (Musikverein) - Berlin…

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1998 – China National Traditional Orchestra

1998 – China National Traditional Orchestra

1998, Jahr des Tigers China National Traditional Orchestra/Chen Xieyang Erhu: Song Fei – Guqin: Gong Yi – Pipa: Wu Yuxia, Yang Jing – Guzheng: Xu Lingzi – Dizi: Wang Ciheng, Zeng Zhaobin – Suona: Li Guangcai – Xun: Du Ciwen Wien (Musikverein) Watch the Erhu solo by Song Fei >>> Watch the Pipa solo by Wu…

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