Pipe organist calls the tune in celebration of China's friendship with Hungary

An organ concert celebrating the friendly relationship between China and Hungary was held at the Hangzhou Grand Theater on Saturday.

Gábor Szotyori Nagy, the Hungarian organist, plays on stage at Hangzhou Grand Theater at a Christmas and New Year's concert on December 1.

An organ concert celebrating the friendly relationship between China and Hungary was held at the Hangzhou Grand Theater on Saturday.

Gábor Szotyori Nagy, the Hungarian organist, made his debut in China. Although the pipe organ is not a common instrument in China, his rendering of classic works from Johann Sebastian Bach, Charles-Marie Widor and Franz Liszt was heartily applauded by the audience.

During the intermission, students from local schools added to the splendid occasion with choir, musical and traditional Chinese instrument yangqin performances.

Co-hosted by the Consulate General of Hungary in Shanghai and Hangzhou Foreign Affairs Office, the concert provided a warm-up event for the 2019 celebrations. Next year marks 70 years of diplomatic relations between China and Hungary. It also marks 20 years of sister-city relationship between Hangzhou and Budapest.

The partnership is also part of a continuous effort by the local government to bring home foreign culture and art, and to connect Hangzhou with the world.

Szilárd Bolla, consul general of the Hungarian in Shanghai, addresses the audience before the concert commences.

Children from local primary schools perform musical during the intermission.

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