Thai princess Chulabhorn elegantly played gu zheng, a Chinese musical instrument, at the China-Thailand One Family Concert on the evening of December 17 at Hangzhou Grand Theater. Si Jianmin, deputy director of the Standing Committee of Zhejiang Provincial People’s Congress, attened the concert.
The concert consists of 16 gu zheng concertos and Chinese/Thai dances. Princess Chulabhorn played several songs in cooperation with Hangzhou Philharmonic and Chang Jing, a Chinese gu zheng performing artist. A performing troupe from Thailand and Zhejiang Singing and Dancing Troupe both staged dances with strong national features.
Princess Chulabhorn first fell in love gu zheng in 2000 when she visited China. Taught by Chinese gu zheng teachers, Princess Chulabhorn has become an accomplished performer as she was appointed as honorary consultants by the Gu Zheng Association under Chinese Musicians Association and the Gu Zheng Expert Commission under China National Orchestra Association in 2007.
Sponsored by Princess Chulabhorn in 2001, the concert is an important event for the cultural exchange between the two counties. In each year’s concert has the princess performed Chinese folk music with gu zheng to express her love of China’s traditional culture and appreciate the friendship between the two nations.
Music is something invisible, but it draws the two peoples closer, the princess said.
Hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Royal Thai Embassy in China this year, the concert was scheduled to be held in Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai.
Source: Hangzhou Government