First Ku­lang­su Choral Mu­sic Fes­ti­val sings in the island’s new era

First Kulangsu Choral Music Festival sings in the island’s new era

“Pi­ano Is­land,” the “Home of Mu­sic,” and many oth­er nick­names have graced Ku­lang­su is­land through the years. Ear­li­er this year, Asia’s largest an­tique pipe or­gan was in­au­gu­rat­ed on the is­land. Kulangsu’s lat­est ti­tle: a world choral mu­sic hub, as this Ju­ly ush­ered in yet an­oth­er ex­cit­ing new event for Kulangsu’s mu­sic cu­ture: the first Ku­lang­su Choral Mu­sic Fes­ti­val, held from Ju­ly 16 to Ju­ly 20.

The event was a “feast of mu­sic,” in­clud­ed per­for­mances by a dozen not­ed do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tion­al choirs. 88 mu­sic mas­ters from six coun­tries around the world came to Ku­lang­su for the Choral Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. One au­di­ence mem­ber said: “The sound was like be­ing baptized–I was shiv­er­ing from head to toe.”

First Kulangsu Choral Music Festival sings in the island’s new era

The Gu­langyu Cho­rus Fes­ti­val is an im­por­tant plat­form for in­ter­na­tion­al­ly renowned cho­rus­es to ex­change notes and ideas, and grace the is­land with their love­ly sounds. The fes­ti­val us­es songs to build bridges and pro­mote the pros­per­i­ty and cul­tur­al her­itage of Gu­langyu.

First Kulangsu Choral Music Festival sings in the island’s new era

One high­light of the fes­ti­val was the con­cert at the new Ku­lang­su Pipe Or­gan Art Cen­ter, the island’s newest world-class at­trac­tion. This small chapel-style con­cert hall holds Asia’s largest an­tique pipe or­gan, a 19th-cen­tu­ry mas­ter­piece that comes from Boston, named af­ter the phil­an­thropist who do­nat­ed it: the Ling Guang Tang Casa­vant opus 700.

First Kulangsu Choral Music Festival sings in the island’s new era

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from event spon­sor Xi­a­men Fer­ry Com­pa­ny said that they in­tend for the fes­ti­val to boost in­ter­na­tion­al art ex­changes and to pro­mote aware­ness of Gu­langyu and its list­ing as a World Cul­tur­al Her­itage site.

First Kulangsu Choral Music Festival sings in the island’s new era

Lo­cal par­tic­i­pat­ing choirs in­clude the Gu­langyu Choir, the Lu­dao Phil­har­mon­ic Choir, the Num­ber Six Mid­dle School Choir and the Xi­a­men Song and Dance The­atre Choir. Oth­er do­mes­tic choirs per­form­ing at the fes­ti­val in­clude the Bei­jing Har­mo­nia Choir, the Hong Kong Chil­dren’s Choir and the In­ner Mon­go­lia Chil­dren’s Choir.

First Kulangsu Choral Music Festival sings in the island’s new era

The is­land res­i­dents and civ­il ser­vants are deeply grate­ful for all that was done by the peo­ple from around the world who love Ku­lang­su to help make this his­toric fes­ti­val pos­si­ble.

First Kulangsu Choral Music Festival sings in the island’s new era