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NY Philharmonic plays works by teenagers in Shanghai

Reporter: Song Wenjing 丨 CCTV.com

07-15-2015 04:56 BJT

A world-class orchestra playing the compositions of teenagers? Whoever heard of such a thing? Well, concert-goers in Shanghai for one -- as the New York Philharmonic brings its "Young People's Concert" to the city for the first time.

the New York Philharmonic brings its "Young People

The New York Philharmonic brings its "Young People's Concert" to Shanghai for the first time.

13-year-old student Liao Shuwen had the chance to show off one of her compositions "Shadow of Wolf". The three-minute piece took her two weeks to complete. Liao says she wanted to illustrate the scene of wolves chasing each other under the moonlight, and show their savagery. 

"I jumped when I knew that my music was selected by the orchestra. I've never dreamed of having my work played on such a big stage. To me, music is always a natural way to express my feelings," Liao said.

The orchestra also played "New York: In Town and Out" written by Hawa Sakho from Kenya. In fact, it's the fourth time that Sakho's work has been selected. She started composing when she was in grade 4, and that's when the orchestra first decided to play one of her songs. 

"I want to express how two different cultures are coming to meet. There's a section in my piece where two different cultures come and collide, and they talk to each other. I feel amazing. It's very hard to explain, but it's the best feeling you can ever have," Sakho said.

13-year-old student Liao Shuwen had the chance to show off one of her compositions "Shadow of Wolf". The three-minute piece took her two weeks to complete.

13-year-old student Liao Shuwen had the chance to show off one of her compositions "Shadow of Wolf". The three-minute piece took her two weeks to complete.

The Philharmonic's musical director says even though the two teenagers' works are not mature, they were selected based on their originality and potential. The orchestra is also bringing 130 hours of lessons to Shanghai, with 17 musicians teaching nine different instruments. 

"We have 13 students playing all kinds of instruments scattered through the orchestra, sitting right next to New York Philharmonic members. China right now is turning out so many wonderful students. Some people call it "the hope of classical music", because this is where so many people are so devoted to studying," said Theodore Wiprud, VP for Edu. NY Philharmonic.

The concert also featured Leonard Bernstein's "Lonely Town" and Karen LeFrak's "A Bite of the Apple". 

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