The Grand Chinese New Year Concert 2008 in Prague

The year 2008 is a year of Summer Olympic Games which will take place in Beijing. The year 2008 is also a year of 11th tour of the Grand Chinese New Year Concert. Wu Promotion presents the China Traditional Orchestra Guangdong for the first time in Europe.The year 2008 is according to the Chinese horoscope the year of the Rat and this tour is for the year of the Rat and will visit eight cities in five countries – Stuttgart, Lucerne, Munich, Antwerp, Stuhr/Bremen, Hanover, Prague, and Vienna. In Prague this unique concert will be held on 1st February 2008 in Music Theatre Karlin.

2008 is an extraordinary year, because China hosts the long-awaited Olympic Games in Beijing. While the Games in August will draw guests from around the world to China, the Grand Chinese New Year Concert will bring a piece of China to Europe. The Concert will introduce Chinese culture to the world before China’s Olympic debut on the world stage, emphasizing the close link between culture and sport.

This year’s Orchestra is led by the world renowned Chinese conductor Maestro Hu Bingxu, who is from Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong (Canton). In the past he has conducted the best traditional orchestras in Asia.

Traditional Chinese music from Guangdong is the main focus of this year’s concert. Guangdong music lively captures minor aspects of life and expresses complex emotions and passions. To fully appreciate our experience we should not try to only follow the main themes of life but also trivial trifles which bring a feeling of happiness and relaxation.

Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) starts with the first new moon of the first month of the lunar calendar. In 2008, the lunar new year will fall on 7 February, ushering in the Year of the Rat and beginning a new twelve–year cycle. People born under the sign of the Rat are ambitious, naturally intelligent, faithful to their families, hardworking and creative. Years of the Rat are: … 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008…, and some of the famous people born under the sign of the Rat: William Shakespeare, W.A. Mozart, Winston Churchill, George Washington, Henry Dunant, Queen Elizabeth I., Lev Tolstoi, Louis Armstrong, Marlon Brando, Doris Day, Clark Gable, Hugh Grant, Gene Kelly, Olivia Newton-John, Ursula Andress, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gerard Depardieu, …

This unique concert in Music Theatre Karlin is under the aegis of the Mayor of Prague Pavel Bem and Her Excellency Huo Yuzen, envoy extraordinary of People’s Republic of China in the Czech Republic.

Tickets are available at these websites: and there you can also get to know sale places of the tickets.

1 Comments for The Grand Chinese New Year Concert 2008 in Prague

  1. herb said,

    Jan 9, 13:14 #

    The full 2008 Vienna Philharmonics New Year’s Concert is now available online for free!!!

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