President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama Send Congratulatory Messages to the United States National Symphony Orchestra (NSO)(06/12/09)

Music spreads friendship and NSO brings great music. On June 11, 2009, just before the first performance of the United States National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) in China, Chinese President Hu Jintao and US President Barack Obama sent congratulatory messages respectively to NSO.

President Hu said in the message, "I'am pleased to extend my warm welcome to all the visiting artists from the United States." He pointed out that music can help to refine sentiment of humankind and promote communication between people's hearts of different countries. NSO's first visit to China 10 years ago left a beautiful impression to the Chinese audience. On the 30th anniversary of the establishment of China-US diplomatic relations, NSO once again visited China. "I'm convinced that music from across the Pacific Ocean will enhance the mutual understanding between the two peoples and compose a new chapter in the long run of friengship between us"

President Hu wished the performances of the United States National Symphony Orchestra in China a great success.

President Obama said in his message that he sincerely welcomed all those attending the performance of the National Symphony Orchestra as it tours the People's Republic of China for the second time. Music is a common language of the world that builds up inter-cultural bridges, pushes forward relations among peoples and nations, strengthens our understanding of history and tradition, and enriches our lives and communities. He said he was pleased and honored to share with the world the innovative works of the U.S. National Symphony Orchestra. He was convinced that such rich and colorful cultural and artistic exchanges between the United States and China will further narrow down the distance between the two peoples.

The NSO, founded in 1931, is an American symphony orchestra that regularly participates in various national and international celebrations, including inauguration ceremonies of U.S. presidents and various festivals and celebrations. During the visit to China, NSO will hold symphonic concerts in Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai and perform the works of famous musicians including Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Mendelssohn, and Wagner for the Chinese audience.

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