D.F. / arr. JING XIANAn erhu melody evokes the expansive landscape of northern Asia. Joined by a cello solo in imitation of khoomei throat singing, the two instruments blend to symbolize a Mongolian call of welcome across the plains. In that part of the world, guests are treated to a ceremonial dance of hospitality, using tableware as a prop. Here, we can imagine the utensil of choice to be: chopsticks. Vigorous melodies portray the hosts’ enthusiasm, dancing with a cluster of chopsticks in each hand, rapping them against their limbs accompanied by crisp, staccato beats. The tempo slows to elongate their movements, expressing their connection to the vast grasslands. Sudden ricocheted bowing from the strings, reminiscent of galloping horses, sets the stage for a lively trumpet solo that segues into a spirited finale.