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Mutual Trust, Communication and Hope

China NCPA Orchestra Participated in the Opening Concert for the Davos Agenda

Source: China NCPAJanuary/25/2021

At 7:00 p.m. CET on January 24, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Virtual Event of the Davos Agenda was inaugurated, with a large number of national leaders, heads of international organizations, business and academic leaders gathering online to discuss major global issues in times of COVID-19 pandemic. The world premiere of the music film "See Me: A Global Concert" was presented at the opening ceremony by conductor Marlene Alsop (as the music director), cellist Yo-Yo Ma and other artists, China NCPA Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and other arts institutions.

Faced with challenges posed by COVID-19 outbreak, the Arts and Culture at the World Economic Forum and conductor Marlene Alsop launched a worldwide initiative to co-create a global music film. Finally, seven arts institutions from five continents and a number of artists represented by Yo-Yo Ma were invited to give performance. Professional orchestras from China, Europe and America had a cloud gathering with student orchestras and children choruses from Afghanistan and South Africa. In December 2020, hundreds of artists completed filming in Beijing, Vienna, Philadelphia, Florence, Kabul, Winterton and other places after more than 3 months' creative planning and technical adjustments. As Alsop said: "It was a journey: from one person playing Bach's unaccompanied cello cycle, to dozens of people singing the chorus See Me newly composed by Rena Ismail, and then to hundreds of musicians admiring our beautiful planet by Beethoven's Symphony No.6 Pastorale. We hope this journey brings comfort, happiness, and most importantly, hope."

This year's Virtual Event of the Davos Agenda will bring together more than 1,550 leaders from over 70 countries to discuss the economic, environmental, social and technological challenges caused to humanity in the context of COVID-19 pandemic. The opening ceremony "See Me: A Global Concert" has special significance. "The program is intended to show the mutual trust and communication between people during this difficult time. We are very grateful for the involvement of hundreds of artists and film teams. They have created this amazing musical film by joint efforts beyond borders." said Nico Daswani, Head of Arts and Culture at the World Economic Forum and Executive Producer.

As the resident orchestra of China National Centre for the Performing Arts, the NCPA Orchestra was invited to participate in the program as a representative of Chinese arts institutions, performing Beethoven's Symphony No.6 Pastorale in the film. Our musicians and conductor CHEN Lin are proud of giving the opening performance at the 'Davos Agenda' as representatives of Chinese artists. In this international collaboration bridged by music, the program reflects not only the glorious responsibility of artists in this difficult time, but also their efforts to convey brightness, hope and strength by music, and even the fact that the concept of community with a shared future for mankind advocated by China is becoming a worldwide resonance and consensus." REN Xiaolong, Managing Director of the NCPA Orchestra said.

NCPA Orchestra have been committed to the mission of being a cultural symbol for Chinese cultures and have been actively promoting cultural exchanges between China and the rest of the world. Between 2012 and 2016, the Orchestra participated in the Kissingen Summer Music Festival and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival and concerts in many cities in Germany, as well as in Sydney, Singapore, Seoul, Daegu, Abu Dhabi, Taipei and Macau. In 2014, the orchestra undertook its first North American tour and returned in 2017, where it performed at Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony Center, Davies Symphony Hall and other major venues in the US and Canada, under the baton of LÜ Jia.

The music film "See Me: A Global Concert" can be seen at the official website of World Economic Forum. Website: https://www.weforum.org/events/the-davos-agenda-2021/sessions/the-davos-agenda-2021-welcome-27th-crystal-awards-and-see-me-a-global-concert.
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