The 2021 New Year’s Concert, mixed with elements of traditional and folk culture, was broadcast live through multiple media platforms to audiences on the eve of the new year, appealing to more than 400,000 people all over the world.

Off line, more than 600 people attended the concert in the Music Hall at the University Town campus, including school leaders, guests, teachers and students from different schools and organizations. 


President Wang Enke expressed New Year's congratulations.

"Ushering in new year with a concert has been one of our traditions since 2011," said president Wang Enke, who expressed sincere wishes to all faculty members and students during the opening speech. He summarized the achievements SCNU made this year in anti-pandemic control, political, discipline and campus development. 

Wang also said that SCNU insists on winning the sniper fight of preventing COVID-19 from recurring and operates on the principle of "don’t return to school and don’t stop learning" during the anti-epidemic period. Looking forward to 2021, he said that he is confident that SCNU will be better and better.

Highlighting the topic of anti-epidemic spirit and traditional culture, this year’s concert presented plenty of wonderful programs, including There's a kind of love that doesn't change, Buddha jumping wall and J-stars courtyard and so on.


The violas and matouqin transport us to the grasslands of Inner Mongolia.


Performance of the famous piece of Chaozhou music Buddha jumping wall.


Conductor Zhang Zhen and the symphony orchestra performing J-stars courtyard.


Yang Weijie performed Enjoy spring on a bamboo traverso.

The chorus 2020 is a work to memorialize the fight against COVID-19 in 2020. It was composed by a teacher from the School of Music, Pan Xingzimin. Pan hopes to use music to empathize with people experiencing depression, panic and sadness in their hearts, commemorate and reflect on life in a quiet way. In October this year, the chorus took this work to the 15th China International Chorus Festival, winning the gold award with the first level team in the Youth Group.

The conductor of 2020, Su Yanhui mentions that the year 2020 is an unforgettable year. Though we went through the suffering of the epidemic, we felt warmth and love in the process of anti-epidemic struggle. So they chose 2020 in order to salute every step we took. And she also hopes no matter what storms we will experience in 2021, we can actively and bravely face them.


The performance of chorus 2020.

Travel around the world was created by a teacher from the School of Music, Xu Yuexiang, whose lyrics are based on the poem Travel around the world written by Xu Zhimo, a Chinese romantic contemporary poet. Singer Yu Hong said she spent two months polishing for this program. Through the dialogue and instrumental ensemble between human voice and Chinese zither, the work strongly expresses the oversea Chinese' homesickness and patriotism. The rhythm is smooth and elegant as well as the style is natural and graceful.

Travel around the world has been performed four times at home and abroad. It received a warm response from the audiences and media. On October 1, 2018, the program was performed premiered at the New York Carnegie Hall, receiving high praise from the Chinese Consulate in New York and the United Nations Embassy. Various official Chinese and foreign media reported about this performance, including Xinhua News Agency, People's Daily, China Daily, the China Press and Guangdong Satellite TV.


The performer Yu Hong (left) is singing with Chinese zither accompaniment.

As a 2013 grade student of the School of Music, Liang Siting said she used to be a member of the chorus. Now she enjoyed this concert from the perspective of the audience. She also pointed out that the former concerts took Western compositions in the main place, but this concert developed our traditional folk culture. What impressed her most deeply is was the piece called Buddha jumping wall which displays certain Cantonese characteristics.


Liang Siting (left) and He Ziqing (right) took photos with their dolls.

During the break of the concert, continuing the surprise tradition, the conductor of the symphony orchestra Zhang Zhen and its members of the orchestra threw 2021 ox dolls into the audience. Those dolls are given with the wishes that everyone has a better life in 2021.


The 2021 ox dolls were thrown into the audience. 

The concert came to an end in a lively atmosphere with all the performers returning to the stage. When the closing song was played, everyone in the audience waved the national flag and sang along with the song Singing our motherland, led by the chorus, leaders and guests.


All people gathered together to sing Singing our motherland.

Source from SCNU News Center 

Translated by Li Jiani

Proofread by Edwin Baak

Edited by Li Jianru

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