China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY KALEIDOSCOPE -

8 pm, Dec 30 and 31. Opera Hall of Guangzhou Opera House, 1 Zhu­jiang Xilu (West Road), Zhu­jiang New Town, Guangzhou. 020-3839-2888. 7:30 pm, Jan 2 and 3. Shang­hai Grand The­ater, 300 Ren­min Av­enue, Shang­hai. 021-6386-8686. 7:30 pm, Jan 10 and 11, Na­tional Center for the Per­form­ing Arts, 2 West Chang’an Av­enue, Xicheng dis­trict, Bei­jing. 010-6655-0000. vig­or­ous and force­ful.

“Clas­si­cal mu­sic in China to­day is com­mon in ev­ery city which, I think, is a won­der­ful de­vel­op­ment. The build­ing of so many ex­cel­lent con­cert halls and opera houses in the coun­try is adding to this ex­plo­sion of cul­ture,” Me­hta says.

His de­but in Guangzhou 2012 was the city’s big­gest box- of­fice hit among clas­si­cal mu­sic con­certs, when the opera house had to sell no-seat tick­ets to sat­isfy the ea­ger fans.

The world- fa­mous con­duc­tor says he en­joys work­ing with Chi­nese mu­si­cians, such as pi­anists Lang Lang and Wang Yuja and vi­olin­ist Zhu Dan.

“Un­til to­day I have not had the chance to con­duct a Chi­nese orches­tra, but I look very much for­ward to the up­com­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Na­tional Center of the Per­form­ing Arts in Bei­jing in 2015,” Me­hta says.

At the con­certs in Guangzhou on Dec 30 and 31, the first half each night will be a feast of Span­ish op­er­atic mu­sic from four Chi­nese com­posers. The sec­ond half fea­tures a clas­sic reper­toire of Strauss brothers’ polka and waltz pieces, in­clud­ing the fa­mous Blue Danube Waltz.

Af­ter the shows in Guangzhou, Me­hta and the OCV will travel to Chang­sha, Shang­hai, Wuhan, Hangzhou and Bei­jing in Jan­uary.

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