Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Beautiful Memories - 6/27/06

The beautiful memories are still in my mind, although it was about 20 days ago when I performed in the opening ceremony of the World Cup. Now, fortunately, I have a moment to steal, so I can draw down some words to share my happiness and "pain" during the performance.

I arrived at Munich Olympic Stadium on German time June 5th. My arrival attracted more than 50 Chinese and foreign journalists' interviews. The world-renowned tenor, Domingo, conductor, Mehta, and I attended a press conference, and left our handprints for the Olympic Stadium. Leaving handprints gave me an extremely strong impression, though it wasn't my first time to leave them. I was pretty excited when I was watching my hands going deeply into the bright red inkpad, watching my handprints turning into permanent memory instantly, and watching dozens of journalists witnessing this exciting moment with their various equipments. Unfortunately, after finishing this process, my hands were stained with the red ink, and I couldn't wash it off at first no matter how hard I tried. At that time I was so afraid that when I play the piano, my hands will stain the shiny white keys. It took me about half an hour to finally reveal my "original hands". I said to myself , “What a strong impression!” Not only did I leave my handprints in the Star Avenue of the Olympic Stadium, but also I left both my Chinese and English names. That meant so much for me.

In those days, the number of words I spoke must be more than the notes in my music score - endless interviews almost made my voice hoarse. When it comes to the voice, I must mention a man, who is one of the three famous tenors, Domingo. Although he talks very loudly everyday, his voice can still be resonant. I really envy him. Domingo is not only known as an artistic master ,but also a hard-core soccer fan. His is crazy about the soccer! He can talk about the soccer with anyone he meets, and anyone he meets must talk about the soccer with him. He also likes to predict the game results. When he is serious about his prediction, he will even argue with you. Even in the interview, he talks about soccer as soon as possible. If you didn’t know that he was the artist who was invited to perform, you would mistaken him as a soccer reporter for sure. There is a journalist who said that German team will win the world cup. When he heard this, he kicked the ball right above the journalist’s head accurately. The journalist, who was a German, couldn’t help laughing. Domingo laughed too, like a innocent naughty child. That was funny and amused all the people around him.

The performance in the opening concert for the World Cup is the most expectant and the most memorable one in all of my performances. Now, when I think of the scene at the performance , I can still feel the excitement and, the coldness. Maybe you don’t know, it was extremely cold that night. People came to watch the performance with heavy winter coat and blanket. What I dressed was just the regular concert attire. My body was shivering, and my fingers were numb. At that time, I thought it must be already difficult to play simple scales with my numb hands, how could I play the Hungarian Rhapsody? What should I do? Then I got into a resting canopy that looked like an Mongolian tent. I found a fireplce there! Then I put my hands close to get some warmth. Fortunately, it wasn't a BBQ oven, otherwise I could not image what my hands would turn out to be. Eventually, my hands got warmer and my fingers “revived”. It was time to perform. The passion from the audience was drawn to the peak. The whole stadium was boiling in the crazy applause and crying. Perhaps that was the charm and attraction of the perfect combination of sport and music. When I was coming back to the “Mongolia tent” after the performance, a famous German TV anchor Beckman walked to me. He wanted to know more about the children who study the piano in China. Then I talked with him for about three minutes in the piercing wind. Although I went back into the “Mongolia tent” as soon as I could, I still caught a cold.

The quadrennial world cup game is carrying on fiercely, and my performances are continuously taking place. The World Cup left the world much excitement. It also left me many beautiful and long-lasting memories. There're also some interesting things about my China tour and many pictures I want to share with you. Due to time constrain, I can not do it now. Please stay tuned!

I just saw that some fans in my fan site forum have translated my blog writings into English at Very interesting! Thank you all so much!

Original entry posted on on June 27, 2006
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