Folk music and dance debut in Chicago's iconic MillenniumPark,showcasing cultural diversity
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CHICAGO, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Folk musiciansand artists from Chinese, Indian and African communities held Wednesday night aconcert themed "Chicago: Immigrant Stories", displaying their richmusical cultures of Chicago's distinct immigrant communities at the iconicMillennium Park in Chicago.
These artists and Chicago Jazz PhilharmonicOrchestra culminated with applause and cheering from hundreds of spectators atthe Pritzker Pavilion stage of iconic MillenniumPark in Chicago.
Three Chinese folk musicians Kerry Leung,Guan Menghua and Li Guanglong performed traditional Chinese music with theirfavourite musical instruments.
By using bamboo flute, Kerry Leungperformed Fantasy on Journey to Gusu, Guan Menghua played Fantasy on FightingTyphoon on Chinese zither, while Li Guanglong performed Fantasy on Horse Racingon Erhu.
Other than three Chinese folk musicians,artists from Indian and African community also displayed their unique music anddance.
"Chicago:Immigrant Stories" is initiated by Orbert Davis, artistic director ofChicago Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra. He forged a series of collaborations withmusicians of Chinese, West African, and South Asian descent, representing therich musical cultures of Chicago'sdistinct immigrant communities.
"The one thing that will be phenomenalis that the audience will see a representation of true cultural diversity -they'll witness it, and they'll hear it," says Davis. "I hope that the end result willbe that when the audience look at themselves, they'll see that they're thesame. Because the things that make us who we are, are behind our skin."
"In this concert, I see music, dance;the artists use flute, Chinese zither, drum to tell stories of differentcommunities. The stories serve as a bridge of friendship and love betweenus," Michelle Garcia, an female audience told Xinhua. Enditem
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