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Kuai Le opens Special Olympics
Kuai Le ("Joy"), composed by Osvaldo Golijov in collaboration with Wu Tong, and performed by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, served as one of the anthems for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai on October 2nd. The anthem was performed by tens of thousands of audience members, who played simple Chinese flutes that were provided. A musical part written for the flutes, and comprised of just five simple notes, allowed this group participation in the song, which focuses on the spirit of sharing, one of the four themes of the Special Olymipcs (the others being courage, skill, and joy).