Sup­port the orig­i­nal

► Clas­si­cal mu­sic per­form­ers go abroad to show­case China

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE -

A pro­fes­sional sym­phony or­ches­tra based in Shang­hai, the Shang­hai Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra (SPO), wel­comes its 15th mu­sic sea­son in Septem­ber, dur­ing which ap­prox­i­mately 50 con­certs will be pre­sented to the pub­lic.

The price of their con­certs will be very wal­let-friendly: 50 yuan ($7) and 100 yuan tick­ets take half of the box of­fice of more than 20 con­certs hosted by SPO.

Many renowned artists from China and abroad will be in­vited to play dur­ing the sea­son.

SPO will per­form some mas­ter­pieces by world-class mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Gus­tav Mahler (1860–1911), An­ton Bruck­ner (1824–1896), Richard Ge­org Strauss (1864–1949) and Lud­wig van Beethoven (1770–1827). Some of these works will be per­formed for the first time in Shang­hai or China.

La Travi­ata, an opera by Ital­ian com­poser Giuseppe Verdi (1813– 1901), will also be played on stage in the form of a con­cert. SPO plans to com­plete all sym­phony pieces by Mahler and Bruck­ner in the next two to three years.

SPO is also sup­port­ing Chi­nese orig­i­nal mu­sic. Dur­ing the new sea­son, it will stick to its com­mis­sion mech­a­nism and invite both Chi­nese and over­seas com­posers to cre­ate orig­i­nal mu­sic.

For in­stance, it com­mis­sioned a Chi­nese com­poser named Yu Jingjun to com­pose a Chi­nese ver­sion of “The Young Per­son’s Guide to the Or­ches­tra” for the open­ing con­cert of the sea­son. The orig­i­nal ver­sion of this work was com­posed by Bri­tish com­poser Ben­jamin Brit­ten (1913–1976) for peo­ple who have lim­ited knowl­edge on or­ches­tral mu­sic.

Do it for the kids

In­spired by Chi­nese folk song “Mo Li Hua” (Jas­mine Flower), Yu in­te­grated some Chi­nese el­e­ments into the lan­guage of the Western sym­phony, so as to pop­u­lar­ize the cul­ture of sym­phony among the younger gen­er­a­tions of Chi­nese.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhang Yi, art di­rec­tor of SPO who is in charge of con­duct­ing this piece, the Chi­nese ver­sion, which is only 17 min­utes, helps make youngsters bet­ter un­der­stand sym­phony mu­sic.

He said that “Mo Li Hua” not only en­joys great pop­u­lar­ity na­tion­wide, but also at­tracts for­eign au­di­ences via the opera Tu­ran­dot, which uses this folk melody.

Ad­di­tion­ally, con­certs of Chi­nese works will be fea­tured dur­ing the sea­son. Mu­si­cal works about China’s re­form and open­ing-up pol­icy, the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive, clas­sic tele­vi­sion se­ries and movies will be high­lights of the sea­son.

Speak with a Chi­nese voice

SPO has been tak­ing a more ac­tive role in pro­mot­ing Chi­nese com­po­si­tions at home and abroad. In Septem­ber, it will present a con­cert in Hong Kong to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of China’s re­form and open­ing-up.

In Oc­to­ber, it will per­form “No.8 Sym­phony” of Bruck­ner to­gether with Ma­cao Or­ches­tra in the 32nd Ma­cao In­ter­na­tional Mu­sic Fes­ti­val. The or­ches­tra is ex­pected to restart its con­cert tours about the Mar­itime Silk Road in Novem­ber.

It will per­form both fa­mous Thai and Chi­nese sym­phonies in Chi­ang­mai of Thai­land. It will also hold con­certs in Jakarta and Medan of In­done­sia suc­ces­sively, invit­ing fa­mous In­done­sian per­form­ers to­gether on stage.

In Jan­uary of 2019, SPO will per­form both Chi­nese and Western pieces to­gether with the Philadel­phia Or­ches­tra at a Chi­nese New Year con­cert, which will be held in the Kimmel Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts in Philadel­phia, bring­ing New Year wishes to Amer­i­can au­di­ences.

This story was a trans­la­tion based on a re­port by thep­a­per.cn.

Pho­tos: VCG

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