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Three Chinese tenors pay tribute to the Great Wall

08-10-2011 09:11 BJT

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At the 2nd "Sound of Great Wall" Forest Music Festival in the northern suburb of Beijing, this year's focus on classical music not only boasts Emmy Award-winning musician Peter Buffet, but also united the so-called "Three Chinese Tenors" at the base of the Great Wall. Our Reporter Julian Waghann was there over the weekend.

It's supposed to rain here tonight, but these people have chosen to be here, in open air, for the first outdoor classical music festival in Beijing. The anticipation tonight of course is the performance by the 'Three Chinese Tenors' who are paying their tribute to the 'World's Three Tenors' that performed in Beijing exactly ten years ago at the Forbidden City. This time though, the only thing that's forbidden, at the Great Wall, are your tux and ties.

The "Three Chinese Tenors," Zhang Jianyi, Ding Yi, Wei Song opened the second festival night themed "Star Light" with a song called "Shimmering Stars." Together, the tenors presented more than 10 pieces dedicated to the land, the stars, and the beat of life.

The festival offered a rare occasion for the three tenors to perform on the same stage. Mr. Wei Song is the vice-chair at the Shanghai Opera and came to Beijing especially for this festival. Mr. Ding Yi teaches at Beijing's China Conservatory of music, but only returned to the country a few years ago after being the principle singer at the Sydney Opera House. Likewise, Mr. Zhang Jianyi has also worked extensively with opera houses and artists from around the world. Nevertheless, this time, he brings to the audience a unique musical interpretation that harkens back to his East China roots.

The "Three Chinese Tenors," Zhang Jianyi, Ding Yi, Wei Song opened the second festival night themed "Star Light" with a song called "Shimmering Stars."

The trio's rare encounter at the Great Wall not only celebrates the return of the three Chinese tenors, but is also an homage to the world-famous Three Tenors who performed in the Forbidden City a decade ago. On the Meridian Square of the once Royal Palace, the audience was treated to familiar melodies ranging from Nessun Dorma to Moon River.

The "Three Chinese Tenors" duplicated the original Three Tenors' arrangement of "Nessun Dorma", but also brought along songs from China's ethnic minorities such as "Little Springs" and "Girls from Da Bancheng."

If the original Three Tenors once closed the gap between the West and the East with their performance at the Forbidden City, then perhaps today's Three Tenors made this bridge even more acceptable by the everyday Chinese people.



Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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