A special piano concert, that combined the instrument with cello, violin, saxophone, flute and erhu, was held at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University ahead of Christmas.

The “White and Black”, concert was jointly organised by student associations, the XJTLU Keyboard Group, the Symphony Orchestra, the Folk Orchestra and Hosting and Broadcasting.

A total of 16 pieces of music were performed in various styles, including solos, duets and quintets.

Xingyuan Wen, a Year One student from the Department of English at XJTLU and one of the performers, said that it was the first time she and her partner have performed a piano duet, each with their own piano. “Although we had lots of disagreements during practice, we overcame the difficulties and gave our best performance to the audience,” she said.

Audience member Yaoyi Zhang, also a Year One English student, added: “I liked the performance of ‘Noctume in D Flat Major’ by Chopin, the performer filled his playing with his personal emotions.”

Ziwei Yang, a first year studying BA Marketing and who was in charge of the concert, said the performances covered classical and modern music and well-known musicians from different countries, including Beethoven and Mozart. “The concert was a great success and I am really appreciated all the performers’ hard work and practice,” he said.

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