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The 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit Evening Gala

On 4 September 2016, the eleventh meeting of the Group of Twenty (G20) was held in Hangzhou, provincial capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, under the theme entitled "Towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy".  The G20 Summit Evening Gala, staged with the picturesque West Lake as its backdrop, featured a light show and a variety of musical and dance performances all of which deeply impressed the world.


G20 Summit Evening Gala Swan Lake


A variety show entitled "The most memorable is Hangzhou" thrilled and entertained G20 leaders as well as the public. Principal Conductor Li Xincao and the China National Symphony Orchestra which consists of more than 160 musicians in total, together with the local Hangzhou Symphony Orchestra, performed a large symphonic concert on a natural lake. The concert lasted for 50 minutes and included nine excerpts from world-famous scores, such as the Butterfly Lovers and Swan Lake.


G20 Summit Evening Gala Love Story


It was the first ever G20 summit to be hosted in China and in doing so provided a platform in which to display China’s economic achievements to the world. Even though the performance was short it did however open the world’s eyes in seeing China and its many historical and cultural heritages. The name of the performance "The most memorable is Hangzhou" is a renowned quote excerpted from “Yi Jiangnan” by Bai Juyi, a great poet in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and  one of the most famed articles and essays portraying the beautiful West Lake.


G20 Summit Evening Gala – Spring River in the Flower Moon Night


The first piece of music to be performed that night was “A Moonlit Night on the Spring River", one of the most well-known classical pieces of Chinese music. The melody helped to create a romantic atmosphere.


G20 Summit Evening Gala – Tea Picking Dance

G20 Summit Evening Gala – Tea Picking Dance

G20 Summit Evening Gala – Tea Picking Dance


The next performance was the Tea Leaves Picking Dance. Tea is a traditional drink of Chinese people whilst tea picking has gradually cultivated a folk dance in history. Hangzhou has a long history of tea culture and the Tea Leaves Picking Dance perfectly showed the rich culture of the city. As young beautiful girls performed the traditional dance in the most stunning of settings, the West Lake also mirrored the dance quite magnificently.


G20 Summit Evening Gala – Love Story

G20 Summit Evening Gala – Love Story

G20 Summit Evening Gala – Love Story

G20 Summit Evening Gala – Love Story


The third part was the portrayal of the famous love story in China, the Butterfly Lovers, which saw a number of artists perform the love story with traditional opera, singing and dance.


G20 Summit Evening Gala – Mountain Stream


The Guqin performance and the widely known Chinese zither melody "Lofty Mountains and Flowing Water" followed next and to Chinese people this piece of melody is not just a piece of pleasurable music but it also represents the cherishment of a valuable friend.  So it could be said that the performance has shown the world both Chinese culture and sincere hospitality.


G20 Summit Evening Gala – Swan Lake

G20 Summit Evening Gala – Swan Lake

G20 Summit Evening Gala – Swan Lake


The fifth act was a performance of the most prestigious ballet "Swan Lake" - a classical ballet’s repertoire. It was the first time for ballet dancers to dance "Swan Lake" on an actual lake and with special designs and graceful performances the results were outstanding.


G20 Summit Evening Gala – Moonlight


Following Swan Lake was the piano performance of "Moonlight" written by prominent French composer Achille - Claude Debussy. When the pianist played the audience was not only captivated by the magnificent music but by the West Lake’s charms too.


G20 Summit Evening Gala – My Country


The seventh piece was a Chinese song entitled “My Country” which is a passionate and patriotic song paying homage to Chinese much-loved motherland.


G20 Summit Evening Gala – Jasmine Flower


The penultimate performance was a popular Chinese folk song entitled “Jasmine Flower” by the young singer Lei Jia. “Jasmine Flower” is a classical Chinese folk song which has widely spread to the world as the most representative and recognizable symbol of oriental music. The G20 version of "Unforgettable Jasmine" has now become a popular song.


G20 Summit Evening Gala – Ode to Joy


The final performance of the night was a rendition of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." A true masterpiece performed with a harmonious voice and the symphony orchestra and the perfect way to end a most impressive Gala.

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