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Musical journey to celebrate the Chinese New Year

-Iris Rona

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They had been rehearsing for weeks to give a top performance that would not only enchant their parents but also make for a one-hour CD: the first, but maybe not last, International School recording.

To celebrate the Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Ox, students between the ages of 4 and 17 had prepared a repertoire of Chinese and Korean traditional music and folk songs. With the help and support of Mr Grangier, music teacher at the International School, a full-fledged program was put together to give pupils the opportunity to show their musical talents. Some young artists sang their Chinese songs, others played their music instruments. Not only were there violin and piano players, but also a clarinet, a saxophone and a traditional Chinese violoncello, blending culture and music in an inspiring way.

And the thunderous applause at the end of the performance must have been well worth the anxiety they had no doubt felt beforehand. We certainly look forward to the next International School concert.


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