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Musical fusion of Bach and science enlightens audience

By Chen Nan | | Updated: 2024-05-13 11:26
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Shen Fanxiu, an organ and harpsichord artist, and flutist Liu Ye, performed at the NCPA on Friday. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Renowned organ and harpsichord artist and educator Shen Fanxiu, alongside flutist Liu Ye, mesmerized the audience with a performance of Bach's Sonata in G Minor for flute and harpsichord at the prestigious National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing on Friday. The captivating event, titled When Science Meets Art, aimed to ignite a passion for science among the public.

Co-hosted by the NCPA, Beijing Association for Science and Technology, and Peking University Press, the performance was a highlight of the Science and Technology Week, leading up to the eighth annual National Science and Technology Workers' Day on May 30.

Peking University Press unveiled its latest collection of science books at the NCPA on Friday. [Photo provided to China Daily]

During the event, esteemed paleontologist and Chinese Academy of Sciences academician Shu Degan, a geology expert known for translating Darwin's seminal work On the Origin of Species into Chinese, shared insights into the translation process. He emphasized the intrinsic connection between science and art, citing Darwin's profound appreciation for music, particularly the works of Mozart and Beethoven, along with a love for literature by William Shakespeare and visual arts.

Shu delighted the audience by reciting excerpts from On the Origin of Species in Chinese, underscoring the harmonious relationship between scientific inquiry and artistic expression.

Additionally, Peking University Press unveiled its extensive collection of books, comprising the largest assortment of translations of classic science literature, further enriching the intersection of science and culture for enthusiasts and scholars alike.

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