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Chen Qigang: an academic approach to the music program

Updated:2007-08-09
Chen Qigang: an academic approach to the music program
Music Director Chen Qigang

(BEIJING, August 9) -- Even with fantastic performances and fireworks, the opening and closing ceremony programs would not be complete without music.

To give us an idea of the important role that music plays, Chen Qigang, Music Director of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games opening ceremony, pointed out that aside from the few minutes during which officials will be delivering speeches, music will play during every remaining moment of the three and a half hour opening ceremony.

Though Chen remains close-mouthed about the details of the music program, he did reveal that the audience will be treated to a show of the Chinese Olympics, Chinese culture, Chinese history, and Chinese music next August.

Chen and his team must compose original music for the opening ceremony. Accomplishing this is not the hard part; rather, the job is complicated because his team must compose music that his not only unique, but the music must connect with the diverse audience.

"This is a formidable task," says Chen about tackling the music program.

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