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10 Chi­nese orches­tras to per­form at Bei­jing Mu­sic Fes­ti­val

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The Bei­jing Mu­sic Fes­ti­val will present Or­ches­tral Marathon Chi­nese Sym­phonic All-Stars on Oct 14, fea­tur­ing 10 hours of per­for­mances by 10 Chi­nese sym­phony orches­tras.

Each en­sem­ble will per­form for about 45 min­utes of mu­sic at Poly The­ater.

They in­clude the China Na­tional Sym­phony Orches­tra, the Guangzhou Sym­phony Orches­tra and the China Phil­har­monic Orches­tra.

“It will give the day an at­mos­phere of a clas­si­cal mu­sic fes­ti­val, which will be the first time in China,” the BMF’s pro­gram di­rec­tor Tu Song says.

“The whole day of per­for­mances will be chal­leng­ing and ex­cit­ing for the au­di­ences.”

Tu adds that the Or­ches­tral Marathon’s unique pro­gram marks the an­nual fes­ti­val’s 20th an­niver­sary.

“The day will al­low peo­ple to meet, share and learn about these Chi­nese sym­phony orches­tras,” says con­duc­tor Li Xin­cao, who’ll take the ba­ton and per­form with the China Na­tional Sym­phony Orches­tra.

The pro­grams will be ded­i­cated to Chi­nese com­posers and works, in­clud­ing The

Moon Over a Foun­tain by Hua Yan­jun and Wu Zuqiang,

Fes­ti­val Pre­clude by Shi Wanchun and Mu­lan Med­ley by Guan Xia, who’s also the China Na­tional Sym­phony Orches­tra’s di­rec­tor.

“These works are from dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions of Chi­nese com­posers, so they rep­re­sent the orig­i­nal forces of clas­si­cal mu­sic in China,” says Li.

The Kun­ming Nie Er Sym­phony Orches­tra will de­but on the BMF’s stage.

The orches­tra founded in Yun­nan’s pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal in 2010 is named af­ter com­poser Nie Er (1912-35), who wrote China’s na­tional an­them,

March of the Vol­un­teers, with Chi­nese poet and play­wright Tian Han (1898-1968).

The orches­tra will play two pieces fea­tur­ing Yun­nan’s dis­tinc­tive mu­sic style — The

Torch Fes­ti­val by com­poser Wang Xilin and Suites Ashima, adapted by com­poser Zou Ye from the name­sake theme mu­sic of the movie, Ashima.

“We are thrilled to per­form at the Bei­jing Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and to share the stage with so many top Chi­nese sym­phony orches­tras. It will be a learn­ing and show­cas­ing op­por­tu­nity for us,” says Huang Yi, artis­tic di­rec­tor and con­duc­tor of the Kun­ming Nie Er Sym­phony Orches­tra.

Huang, as mae­stro Gus­tav Kuhn’s as­sis­tant con­duc­tor, con­ducted Richard Wag­ner’s last opera, Par­si­fal, in 2013. The piece is a co­pro­duc­tion of the Bei­jing Mu­sic and Salzburg Easter fes­ti­vals.

Huang joined the Kun­ming orches­tra in 2016. He says its goal is to pro­mote orig­i­nal pieces with Yun­nan style, since the prov­ince is known for its eth­nic di­ver­sity.

Con­duc­tor Yang Yang, as the artis­tic di­rec­tor and pres­i­dent con­duc­tor of the Hangzhou Phil­har­monic Orches­tra, will lead the en­sem­ble to per­form Py­otr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Vari­a­tions on a Ro­coco Theme and Igor Stravin­sky’s The Fire­bird. Cel­list Wang Jian will join the per­for­mance.

Yang first per­formed as a con­duc­tor at the BMF in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Span­ish gui­tarist Josep Hen­riquez and the China Conservatory of Mu­sic’s orches­tra as a stu­dent of the conservatory in 1998.

“It was a rare op­por­tu­nity for a young stu­dent to per­form on­stage and with world-class mu­si­cians,” Yang re­calls.

“It was un­for­get­table.” The con­duc­tor, who was born into a mu­si­cal fam­ily and en­rolled in the Cen­tral Conservatory of Mu­sic’s af­fil­i­ated mid­dle school at age 12, has per­formed at the BMF many times over the past two decades.

He cred­its the BMF for not only dis­play­ing world-class orches­tras and mu­si­cians but also for of­fer­ing young con­duc­tors a plat­form.

Other high­lights will in­clude the China Phil­har­monic Orches­tra per­form­ing Richard Wag­ner’s Tannhauser Over­ture and Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathus­tra, Op 30 un­der Xia Xiaotang’s ba­ton.

The Bei­jing Sym­phony Orches­tra will play Ge­orges Bizet’s Pre­lude to Car­men and Jo­hannes Brahms’s Hun­gar­ian Dance, No 5 con­ducted by Tan Li­hua.

And the Shang­hai Sym­phony Orches­tra will present Max Bruch’s Vi­o­lin Con­certo No 1 in G Mi­nor, Op 26 and the vi­o­lin con­certo, But­ter­fly Lovers, by Chen Gang and He Zhan­hao.

The whole day of per­for­mances will be chal­leng­ing and ex­cit­ing for the au­di­ences.”

Tu Song, BMF’s pro­gram di­rec­tor


The China Na­tional Sym­phony Orches­tra is among the 10 Chi­nese sym­phony orches­tras to present Or­ches­tral Marathon Chi­nese Sym­phonic All-Stars on Oct 14 in Bei­jing,

Tan Li­hua will con­duct the Bei­jing Sym­phony Orches­tra dur­ing the per­for­mance.

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