Suzhou national orchestra stages concert integrating innovative Chinese and western music
Web Editor:International Daily
Suzhou National Orchestra performed a grand concert Scheherazade by integrating innovative Chinese and western music at the Beijing National Center for Performing Arts on Saturday.As part of the "Charm of China - Maestros of Chinese Traditional Music" series, the concert included a symphony of traditional stringed and woodwind instruments, a violin concerto called "the Butterfly Lovers", and an orchestra called "Zigeunerweisen".The traditional stringed and woodwind instruments, called suona, bipa and liuqin, presented an image of Jiangnan, a geographic area in China referring to the south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River, which features refinement, gentleness and beauty. Suzhou City in Jiangsu Province, where the orchestra locates, has been a major economic powerhouse booming in trade and commerce in Jiangnan for over a thousand years.The orchestra also modified their traditional instruments to make them suitable for western music. Scheherazade, a symphonic suite composed in 1888 and based on One Thousand and One Nights, reflected oriental charm in the performance of the Suzhou National Orchestra."During the past three years, we made contribution in the reform of musical instruments. Our treble suona with keys, for example, is capable of playing modified tones, harmony and rapid rhythm. Traditional suona can not do this. Only continuously modified musical instruments can satisfy today's composers' needs of creativity," said Peng Jiapeng, the conductor of the orchestra.A suona usually has a conical wooden body and a distinctively loud and high-pitched sound.