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Shanghai Spring Int'l Wind Music Festival 2012
 
 
 
Yangpu: Int’l Wind Bands to Parade on HuangpuRiver
By Cao Lingjuan

The 2012 Shanghai International Band Festival will be held in Yangpu District from April 29 to May 1. In the first time, the opening ceremony was held in theQinhuangdao Road“Expo Watergate”, which was located in the Yangpu Binjiang Riverside Development Zone. Wind bands from home and abroad will parade onHuangpuRiverright after the ceremony, announced by the organizer of the band festival inShanghaitoday.

In the morning of April 29, remarkable wind bands from home and abroad will parade onHuangpuRiver, blowing “Chunghwa Clarion” there. At that time, more than 2,000 players from 35 wind bands from home and abroad will parade and play between the Bund, which is famous for the “Display of International Buildings”, and the Oriental Pearl Tower, honored as the “New Landmark of Shanghai”, on 9 ferry boats.

There are 5 sections, over 10 activities and nearly 20 shows in the “Chunghwa Clarion – 2012 Shanghai International Music Festival Band Festival and the ‘Zhonghua Cup’ 6th Chinese Outstanding Amateurism (Symphony) Wind Band Performance”. Over 3,500 players from nearly 60 wind bands of 12 provinces and cities fromChina’s Mainland as well as Europe,America, Asia andTaiwan, will perform in the festival. Such a big scale is the first inChina, and also rare in band festivals all over the world.

During the festival, the world-class musician Meyer was invited to conduct the performance of the band of People’s Liberation Army atShanghaiOrientalArtCenter. 48 outstanding amateur (symphony) wind bands from 12 provinces and cities all over the nation, under careful selection, will be divided into 3 teams, namely elementary school, middle school, and college, and will perform at the theater of Shanghai Hudong Worker’s Cultural Palace. Besides, international marching bands will show in the Marching Band Soiree held at Fudan Chia Tai Stadium.

As the only “festival of festival” in the Shanghai International Music Festival, the band festival has, since 2008, held for 4 successive years in Yangpu District. According to incomplete statistics, the festival has attracted 164 bands, including 22 foreign bands from nearly 10 countries, likeAmerica,South KoreaandSpain, and 142 outstanding bands from all over the country, including Hong Kong andMacao. Nearly 280,000 citizens have watched various performances and shows on the spot.

Source: www.people.com.cn, April 16, 2012

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