A group of monks sing and perform in sync with a western orchestra
and chorus in Beijing
Conductor Yu Feng says the two styles have more in common
than people think.
"There is no conflict in leading both the Buddhist music
and Western-style orchestra, because they both express religious
feelings. A lot of religious music achieves great musical
levels," Feng says.
The combining of Buddhist tradition and western orchestra
is being viewed by the Chinese government as an echo of its
concept of building a harmonious society. But China's religious
official Xiao Hong says the government is not worried because
of what Buddhism represents.