EDITORIAL: CCCC provides opportunity to hear orchestra

Oct. 02, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

The China National Orchestra, that nation’s leading traditional folk music performance group, is in the midst of a six-city tour along the Eastern Seaboard.

Tonight, one of those stops is in Sanford.

The exhibition and seminar, starting in the lecture hall of the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center tonight at 7, will feature a rare and unique opportunity to hear and even learn from (in a seminar format) 10 award-winning soloists from the orchestra.

It’s a special presentation of the Confucius Classroom at Central Carolina Community College and presented in conjunction with the Carolina China Council (which has partnered with CCCC in other projects) and Goldman Sachs.

The Confucius Classroom, of course, is a now-firmly established partnership between N.C. State University and CCCC, designed in part to provide an inter-cultural exchange through outreach activities and classroom instruction. As that program gains notoriety and prominence, it continues to offer those of us in central Carolina the chance to take part in this wonderful kind of cultural demonstration. Tonight’s is special: the CNO was created in 1960 to preserve and promote the traditional music of the Chinese people and their musical instruments, and it’s the real deal. At tonight’s show, the orchestra’s president will introduce solo performances with a mini-seminar on the music and the instruments.

The world’s getting smaller. As the City of Sanford continues to pursue a sister-city relationship with a Chinese city (in this case, Yixing, China, a famous pottery center), opportunities and programs like this will more frequently enrich Sanford and Lee County. Availing yourself of them is a good habit to develop.

Seating at the civic center will be limited, but because the performance is free of charge and reservations aren’t required, make plans to get there early.