A New Year concert was held at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in celebration of the holiday season, combining symphonic music with traditional Chinese folk music.

The concert featured student musicians and was jointly organised by student associations, the Symphony Orchestra, the Folk Orchestra and the Choir.

Over four acts, the concert celebrated the music of China and western cultures, reflecting XJTLU’s unique ethos. A symphony is an extended musical composition in Western classical music, most often written by composers for orchestra.

"This was the first time the three associations had joined together to hold such a large concert," said Hanlihui Ma, head of the Symphony Orchestra and a second year student from the Department of English. “We will continue to seek such opportunities for cooperation in the future.”

Accounting student and Folk Orchestra member Haihua Zhang said members had been planning the concert since the academic year began in September. He added that he hoped XJTLU students would be inspired by the beautiful music.

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