On November 7, a joint concert by a Balalaika trio from the Andreyev State Russian Orchestra and the Ruan performing team from the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra was staged in the auditorium as part of the “high art on campus” activity.
The Balalaika is a Russian stringed musical instrument with a characteristic triangular wooden, hollow body, fretted neck and three strings. The trio performed a number of ensembles, including Moonlight, In the Blue Sky and Boots, and some solos, including Variations on Paganini Caprice No.24 and Story of a Wanderer, filling the auditorium with lyrical and jubilant tunes of the unique Russian music.
The Ruan performing team from the Shanghai Chinese Orchestra played a number of ensembles, including Message, Olive Tree, The Sword and Cordyceps Sinensis. The Ruan is a lute with a fretted neck, a circular body and four strings. During the Kaiyuan Reign (713-741) in the Tang Dynasty, one piece of the Ruan was unearthed from the tomb of Ruan Xian, and it was then named Ruan Xian (later shortened to the Ruan). The instrument produces bright and mellow tones, suitable for expressing various feelings.
Finally, the two performing groups jointly played Camel Bell Along the Silk Road, a piece written by ruan educator Ning Yong as an ode to Tang Dynasty poet Zhang Ji’s Liangzhou Lyrics, which describes camels making their way from Bailian to Xi’an. The song was followed by an equally impressive Meeting, created on the basis of Moscow Nights and Kalinka, to celebrate the joint performance with the Balalaika and the Ruan.
Over 500 participants and staff and faculty members attended the concert.