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Musicians bring Chinese tradition to NT

By Louise Errington

CDU Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts Professor Martin Jarvis CDU Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts Professor Martin Jarvis

The serene tones of ancient China filtered through the wet season air as a troupe of traditional Chinese musicians performed a free concert on Casuarina campus last month.

The event, organised by the Northern Territory’s Confucius Institute at Charles Darwin University, featured musicians from Anhui Normal University in China’s Anhui Province. During their visit, the musicians also performed at schools in Darwin and Palmerston.

Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Law, Education, Business and Arts Professor Martin Jarvis said the performances introduced the Darwin public to interesting music and enhanced an understanding of Chinese culture.

“I have heard the traditional Chinese musicians play at their university and it was wonderful,” Professor Jarvis said.

Traditional wind and string instruments of China, including the Chinese Dulcimer, pipa, erhu, Chinese flute, Chinese pipe and Sheng, provided the soundscape of the concerts.