Shanghai holds online concert to encourage fight against COVID-19

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-23 01:37:20|Editor: huaxia

SHANGHAI, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Musicians from a dozen of countries including China, Germany and France on Wednesday staged an online concert of classical music to support the global fight against COVID-19.

The 12-hour live event, Music One World, started at 8 a.m. Beijing Time and was joined by about 100 musicians also from Australia, the United States, Britain and Israel, who played at home or in forest.

To celebrate Earth Day which falls on Wednesday, the musicians presented a newly adapted orchestral version of "Salut d'Amour" to salute the Mother Earth.

The idea of "warming the world with classical music" was raised by Xu Zhong, a Chinese conductor. Radio Shanghai and Shanghai Opera House made the concert possible by inviting the musicians across the world and receiving warm response.

"When China was at a critical moment of fighting the epidemic, many foreign music organizations, orchestras and musicians voiced their support," said Xu. "Now, it's time to return our caring and love."

"Music is the language of the world and can soothe a wounded heart. The virus is the common enemy of all human beings. We need to cooperate closely and fight it together," Chen Ping, an official with the Chinese Embassy in Austria, said in his message to the concert.

"I believe that after the pandemic outbreak, we will be closer and have more things to share. It's tough time, but victory belongs to us," Lyndon Terracini, art director of the Opera Australia Orchestra, said in a speech to audience through a video. Enditem