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ASO celebrates diverse cultures and traditions

Photo: Claudio Raschella.

To welcome the Year of the Dog, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Festival Centre presented a Chinese New Year concert in February that united cultures through the power of music. Including popular masterworks and traditional Chinese favourites, the event featured renowned artists conducted by Jason Lai. Pianist sensation Warren Lee made his Adelaide debut and Yafen, an award-winning Chinese folk soprano, hit the high notes as she brought her traditional Chinese fine arts to the stage.

With more than 100 artists on stage, talented Australian didjeridu virtuoso William Barton joined a troupe of eight drummers from the Shanghai Empireast Culture Group. This was the first time a symphonic Chinese New Year concert of this scale was held in Adelaide.

Also on the program was the Australian Premiere of a specially commissioned cross-cultural work, Rooster Fanfare, which premiered at the historic AFL Port Adelaide match in Shanghai in May last year. Written by Australian composer Sean O’Boyle, it celebrates the coming together of Australian and Chinese musical cultures.

With this special presentation, ASO contributed to uniting different cultures through the power of music. ASO takes pride in recognising and celebrating diversity and encourages cultural awareness through music.