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German Hofgartenorchester Bonn Enthralls SJTU Audience

December 29, 2011      Author: Chen Yanzi

German Hofgartenorchester Bonn (GHB) began its first tour in China by performing at the SJTU Philharmonic New Year's Concert 2012 held in Jingjing Auditorium, December 28, 2011.

The SJTU Students Symphony Orchestra opened the concert by playing Hungarian Dance No.5 and Emperor Waltz under the baton of Gottfried Engels, Conductor of German Hofgartenorchester Bonn.

SJTU Vice President Xu Fei spoke at the concert and extended his warm welcome to GHB on behalf of SJTU. His short speech was interpreted by the German host who later gave a brief introduction to the orchestra in Mandarin.

GHB performed two Chinese symphonies, the Spring Overture and the Yao's Dance, to pull close their Chinese audience and create a New Year atmosphere. They also played some famous symphony pieces composed by Johann Strauss II, including the Bat Overture, Fast Polka Op. 324 and the Blue Danube, known as the unofficial anthem of Austria.

The concert came to a climax when the Soprano Kerstin Hövel sang the famous Chinese song Jasmine Flower and won round after round of applause from the audience. Afterwards, the Chinese host presented her with a flower bouquet on behalf of SJTU.

Near the end of the concert, the audience asked for an encore by clapping their hands. Overwhelmed by their enthusiasm, Conductor Engels went back on to the stage and conducted GHB to perform Radetzky March along which the audience happily clapped.

The SJTU Philharmonic New Year's Concert 2012 ended with a success. After it was over, the audience stood up applauding GHB for the wonderful performance. The German host thanked every one for coming and sent out his best wishes for the SJTU audience.

"I would like to see more activities like this on campus. They not only enrich our campus life but also give us more opportunities to get close to fine art." An SJTU postgraduate student at the concert said.

Established in the 1980s, GHB has gradually grown into an orchestra of over 80 members. It is now an important orchestra in Bonn, Germany, the birthplace of Beethoven.

 


Reviewed by Tian Cong