Concert in NYC’s World Trade Center marks Chinese New Year

NEW YORK (Xinhua) – The Oculus of the World Trade Center, a new landmark in New York City, presented a dynamic symphony concert on Friday night in its atrium to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

During the free one-hour concert, a number of famous Chinese music pieces such as Jasmine Flower, Ode to the Yangtze River, and popular western songs including Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York, were performed by the Asian Cultural Symphony, a local ensemble of nearly 100 artistes of various ethnic groups and backgrounds.

The orchestra, which sat in the middle of the Oculus, was repeatedly greeted with warm applause from hundreds of commuters, tourists and shoppers.

The event was organised by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Asian Cultural Center, an organisation which was established in New York City in 1998 and has branches in Boston, Chicago and Washington DC.

Musicians perform during a symphony concert for Chinese New Year at the Oculus of the World Trade Center in New York City. – XINHUA