RIYADH (Xinhua) – “Nice paintings introduced via Lang Lang and the orchestra … I particularly love the Chinese language melody,” Lama, a Saudi tune lover, was once amazed via world-renowned Chinese language pianist Lang Lang’s efficiency on the historical town of Al-Ula in Saudi Arabia.
As a part of the ‘Iciness at Tantora’ pageant, Lang and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra dazzled tune fans final Friday night time on the UNESCO Global heritage web site in northwestern Saudi Arabia.
“It’s my first time coming to Al-Ula. This can be a stunning space.” stated Lama, who travelled to Al-Ula from Riyadh. “This night’s efficiency is spectacular.”
‘Iciness at Tantora’, ranging from December 20 till February 9, is an area tune tournament in Al-Ula, a small the town subsequent to the traditional Nebatean web site of Madein Saleh, the place numerous weekend cultural and musical occasions are held. Al-Ula, some of the interesting relics within the kingdom, is a few 380km north of the Islamic holy town of Madinah.
Greater than 2,000 years outdated, town was once carved out from stones via the Nabataeans, the tribe that still constructed Petra in Jordan.
“It feels fantastic to hear classical tune whilst having the mountains within the background. I’m having a look ahead to observing extra performances right here, particularly from the East,” stated Sarah Alfayez, who additionally travelled to Al-Ula for the primary time.
“That is my first time coming to a live performance performed via Chinese language musicians. I’ve noticed Lang Lang’s performances on-line however seeing him play are living is truly one thing distinctive. The orchestra could also be very gifted,” Alfayez stated.
“We truly respect Chinese language other folks and Chinese language tradition. It’s a super finishing to an excessively stunning day,” she added.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has made an effort to maintain and reinvigorate Al-Ula right into a beacon for Arab tourism, a spot that embraces native and global guests to enjoy Saudi Arabia’s distinctive tradition.
Lebanese singer Majida El-Roumi, who carried out right here on December 28 final 12 months, stated it was once an honour for her to accomplish on the tournament in Saudi Arabia, including that the sector was once eagerly ready “for the dominion to open its doorways”.
Different stars who’ve carried out within the kingdom since 2017 come with Algerian musician Cheb Khaled, United States (US) rapper Nelly and nation singer Toby Keith.
Such tune presentations have regularly turn into a part of the cultural lifetime of Saudi Arabia, which was once unattainable two years in the past, due to the Imaginative and prescient 2030, a complete plan to scale back Saudi dependence on oil and broaden its public provider sectors.
Many of those tune performances had been backed via the Common Leisure Authority that was once set as much as organise, broaden and lead the leisure sector and to offer numerous leisure choices to Saudis.