The National Center for the Performing Arts welcomed a group of young performers Sunday night in Beijing.
What set this show apart from previous ones was that the performers were children of rural workers here in the capital. For many of them, it was their very first time to step inside the capital's landmark building.
The flowing sound of children swirls in the auditorium of the National Center for the Performing Arts, overwhelmed only by warm applause from the packed house.
The choir performing on stage is comprised of children of the rural workers in Beijing, students in the quake zone of Sichuan Province, and kids that once dropped out of school due to poverty. None of the students received professional training before joining the choir.
A performer said, "I'm very excited that I've got the opportunity to perform here at the NCPA. Many of us were too excited to sleep."
An audience member said, "I think these kids did a wonderful job on stage. Their performance was awesome. And it's very inspiring."
Present in the audience were nearly one hundred rural workers, who proudly enjoyed the show presented by their children.
The night came to a pinnacle when the packed house joined the young performers singing in unison "Auld Lang Syne."