Colombo, Feb 7 (NIA) – Sri Lanka and China, held a grand orchestra performance in capital Colombo on Monday evening in order to celebrate the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations between the two countries.
The China National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) along with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka (SOSL) put up a spectacular performance at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in front of President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe,
China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang and several government and opposition legislators.
China’s most popular CNSO was founded in 1996 and has played a vast selection of repertoire.
In addition the Orchestra is a champion of contemporary music composed by Chinese composers.
The CNSO’s special mission is to highlight and promote Chinese music and it included famous musicians and composers such as Guan Xia, who is the Director of the CNSO, Prof. Xincao Li, who is the Chief Conductor of the CNSO and Chen Junhua.
The SOSL is one of the oldest Orchestras in South Asia with its first concert being held in 1958. The SOSL takes great interest in fostering young Sri Lankan talent and dedicates one of its annual subscription concerts to feature Young Musicians.
Ahead of the Orchestra performance, a photo exhibition was held at the BMICH showcasing the strong bilateral ties between China and Sri Lanka which was viewed by the Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister.
The event was organised by the Chinese Embassy in Colombo.
China and Sri Lanka have organised several events in the coming months to celebrate the 60th anniversary of bilateral relations and the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Rice and Rubber pact between Sri Lanka and China.