Symphony Debuts at International Day of Peace Event at UNESCO
The symphony Ode to Humanity made its international debut in an event that marked the International Day of Peace. The symphony was created, composed and commissioned in Shenzhen was heard by more than 1,300 people who were on hand at the concert from journalists, government officials and music lovers.
This will be the first time a Chinese cultural and arts organization was invited to perform for the International day of Peace at UNESCO headquarters. The symphony represents Shenzhen’s responsibilities of being a UNESCO City of Design, since the city became an important world cultural partner for UNESCO. Just before the concert started a 4 minute video was played in the concert hall that introduced Shenzhen. The video showed the city’s development in the library, piano and design areas.
Thirty nine members of a local choir in Paris along with Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra’s ninty members performed the symphony. One choir member said that since most of them didn’t sing or were singing Chinese for the first time the used French Phonetic symbols to assist them in singing.
The symphony drew a long applause, which led to three more encores and another performance of the coda.