8th Qintai Music Festival kicks off

The 8th Qintai Music Festival, which is scheduled from October 29 to November 22, kicked off in Wuhan, capital city of central China’s Hubei Province.

The opening ceremony witnessed the debut of Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, with the conductor Christian Thielemann.

More than 60 concerts are supposed to bring a veritable feast to the audience. The world-renowned pianist and conductor Arie Vardi will perform on November 8. Reputed as the "Philomela of China," Dilber Yunus, a famous Uyghur lyric soprano with coloratura technique, will appear on stage on November 17.

This year's festival includes a special concert themed with master pieces of Chinese Guqin, which invites national famous artists to play 10 classic pieces. And 10 activities relating to Chinese Guqin will be held in Wuhan, enabling residents to participate free of charge.

During the festival, pop music shows will be held in the East Lake scenic area from November 2 to 3, gathering 11 excellent bands from home and abroad.

All of the outdoor activities at the festival will be open to the public for free. Furthermore, all ticket prices are at least 30 percent cheaper than usual, some of which will be given away by local communities.(hubei.gov.cn by Zhang Yawei)