Chinese and American orchestras exchange culture in concert

Staff Report

September 19, 2013

In a rare exchange of east and west culture, the Arts Council of Moore County presents the China National Orchestra and the N.C. International Orchestra in a concert called “Trans-Pacific Melodies: An East Meets West Concert.” The concert will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. at R.E. Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School.

Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance for adults ($20 at the door) and $5 for children. You may purchase your tickets at the Arts Council offices, Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines.

Fifteen soloists from the China National Orchestra, along with the NC International Orchestra (50+ of North Carolina’s best orchestra musicians) will display a rare exchange of culture and a celebration of the bond between Moore County and Guidong County in China’s Hunan Province.

The orchestras have prepared a wonderful selection of music to demonstrate the many colors of an orchestra that utilizes the best of traditional Chinese and classical western instruments. Gracefully orchestrated with CNO soloists performing on such Chinese instruments as the Dizi, Erhu, Suona, Pipa, and Zheng, the program will be a musical feast.

Moore County’s relationship with China began with the death of this American pilot flying with the 23rd Fighter Group who was shot down when defending China in World War II. His body was removed from the debris of his P-40 Warhawk, buried in a common grave and marked with a wooden cross engraved with the words, “American Pilot.”

After 61 years of maintaining the gravesite, DNA samples identified the missing pilot as Lt. Hoyle Upchurch, a resident from High Falls, N.C. The remains of Lt. Upchurch were returned home in 2006. His death in defending freedom has opened up doors with China and Moore County that now include educational, cultural and business exchanges.

This concert would not be possible without the support of special sponsors, such as BH Partnership, Moore County Schools, N.C. Self Storage, and Pinehurst Peach Company.

The council is still seeking sponsors, so if you would like to become a sponsor contact Joy Donat at 910-200-4117 or Several sponsorship levels are available and include reserved concert seating, public recognition, and supporting a special program by the CNO soloists with hundreds of Moore County students.

For tickets to this concert, contact the Arts Council of Moore County at 910-692-ARTS (2787) or click onto