The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona’s 2015 Moon-Festival Concert

September 28, 2015

The Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona (CIUA) hosted its 2015 Moon Festival Concert at the UA School of Music’s Crowder Hall on the evening of Sunday, September 27th, coinciding with the last day of CIUA’s Chinese Culture Festival and the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II; the concert theme was “Understanding and Peace.” The two-hour show was produced and directed by CIUA’s Dr. Larry Lang and co-presented by the UA Purple Bamboo Orchestra, Tucson Girls’ Chorus and Tucson Sino Choir. Consul Weiheng Chen from the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles was in attendance.

The opening folk music ensemble “Walking on the Su Path” and
“Blessing under the Full Moon,” performed by the UA Purple Bamboo Orchestra, transported the audience into a picturesque atmosphere. CIUA-affiliated teachers, Mr. Bo Chen, Mr. Maoxun Ma and Ms. Jing Xia; recent graduates of Beijing’s prestigious Central Conservatory of Music; provided wonderful Chinese folk instrumental solos.  The wonderful guzheng “Parting in Yang-Gate” and “Fantasy of West China,” the sheng “Shanxi Folk Tune” and the erhu “Mountain Village Landscape” and “Homecoming to Henan,”
performances pushed the concert to a climax.

The Tucson Girls’ Chorus and Tucson Sino Choir sang six songs together. The chorus “Even when He is Silent” and “Schindler’s List” showcased their outstanding skills and pure voices, while the “Ballade of the Yellow River” and “Ode to the Yellow River” expressed wishes of world peace. Applause broke out like spring thunder in the Crowder Hall. The Moon Festival Concert constituted a most successful conclusion to CIUA’s fourth annual Chinese Culture Festival.

Following the evening’s performances, the audience was invited to attend a Moon Festival reception. Fresh and delicious mooncakes made by CIUA staff members were served with fruit, allowing local Tucsonans to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Music is truly the universal language. CIUA’s annual Moon Festival concert has not only become a reunion for the local Tucson Chinese community, but also affords local residents the opportunity to enjoy the holidays with their Chinese neighbors.