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Oriental Music Meeting With Oceania

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Members of the China National Traditional Orchestra and Oceania Dance Theatre with USP’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Rajesh Chandra (centre) after the performance.

The China National Traditional Orchestra (CNTO) put on a superb joint performance with Pasifika Voices and Oceania Dance Theatre at the Australia-Pacific Performance Space at The University of the South Pacific (USP) on 26 May 2016.

Staff and students of USP were treated to an evening of traditional and contemporary sounds from China, plus traditional and contemporary songs and dance from Oceania. 

As a gift to the audience, the visiting orchestra played a well-known local number, Lomaloma.

The evening concluded with collaboration between Pasifika Voices and CNTO with an aerial performance by Oceania Dance Theatre, conducted by USP’s Head of Performing Arts, Mr Igelese Ete.

Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies (OCACPS) Acting Director Dr David Gegeo said it was a privilege to witness the performance by the visiting renowned orchestra.

“We in the Pacific are used to witnessing the performances of our Pacific brothers and sisters as we relay our culture and tradition through dance and music.

But to have a group perform for us from another part of the world is just fantastic,” he said.

“It not only makes us appreciate the different cultures that exist in the world but broadens our thinking and knowledge of the beautiful world that we live in,” Dr Gegeo added.

Founded in 1960, CNTO has visited numerous countries over the years, including Russia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Greece, Egypt and Japan.

They have also toured the United States and performed in New York, Washington and Chicago.

The CNTO’s mission is to promote and advance China’s musical heritage internationally.

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