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Sweet music from Asian children's choirs

FIVE children's choirs from China, Japan and South Korea will perform jointly tonight in a concert as part of a three-day art and cultural exchange.

In addition to the performance in the Putuo District Children's Center, the exchange features tours tomorrow of an "experience hall" in Hongkou District and the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. The exchange started yesterday.

The choral concert will feature light tunes from the three countries, such as "The Talk of Wild Flower" and "Apple Tree" from South Korea, the famous Japanese songs "Homeland" and "Campus in Springtime" and "Little Cuckoo" and "Mcdull Rhapsody" from China. They will also sing famous international children's songs, such as "Ode to Freedom."

China, Japan and South Korea all have fostered many excellent children's choirs.

"The troupes from the three countries are very different, especially the Korean children's choir - their songs are mostly traditional tunes," says Zheng Jianguo, vice director of the culture department of the Shanghai Social Economic and Culture Exchange Association, the event's organizer.

"We hope this event promote and help preserve our traditional art and culture."

It will be the first performance in China for the Japanese Children's Choir from Osaka. The choir usually performs for charity causes, such as relief work following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11.

"This time they come with special thanks to the Chinese people for their support and backup for earthquake survivors," says Guo Xiangxuan from the Shanghai Oriental Cultural Communications Center.

After the Shanghai event, the choirs will travel to South Korea in mid-August to experience the traditional life of Korean children.

Date: Today, 7:15pm

Venue: Putuo District Children's Center

Address: 108 Zaoyang Rd


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