Shanghai Concert Hall's new season program is music to the ears

An exciting, eclectic mix of rock, pop and classical music has been announced on the bill of next year's thrilling programme at the Cadillac Shanghai Concert Hall. 
Ti Gong

Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci will open Shanghai Concert Hall's new season with a recital.

An exciting, eclectic mix of rock, pop and classical music has been announced on the bill of next year’s thrilling program at the Cadillac Shanghai Concert Hall.

Over 300 concerts are set to be staged between January and December with a diverse and wide-ranging mix of genres that include the opening and closing series, chamber music, recital, pop/crossover, early music and brands.

“Classic and Variation” has always been the theme for the Shanghai Concert Hall throughout the years, according to Fang Jing, general manager of the venue. “We will keep on bringing top classical musicians as we always have and try to explore more possibilities and innovations related to the classics.”

Shanghai Concert Hall was only one of a few venues to showcase classical concerts in the childhood of Han Bin from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Yet, despite several other musical venues popping up in the city, the 87-year-old concert hall still seems to have a unique pull to attract the best of the classical series.

“Top classical recital and chamber music, academic early music and innovative crossover are often the most attractive for audiences like me,” says Han. 

And this is no different for the 2018 season.

The season will open with a recital by Italian soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci on January 28, highlighted by Debussy’s “Trio Chansons de Bilitis,” Poulenc’s “La Dame de Monte-Carlo” and “La Voix Humaine.”

The Grammy, Gramophone and Avery Fisher-awarded Emerson String Quartet will play works of Mozart, Barber and Brahms on May 26. Russian violinist Viktoria Mullova will present three of Bach’s works with a gut-string violin at a recital on October 13. The list for top classical artists also includes violinists Joshua Bell, James Ehnes and Nobuka Imai and cellist Alban Gerhardt.

Early music master Trevor Pinnock, Ottavio Dantone and his Accademia Bizantina, Hamburger Ratsmusik and Europa Galante will join the early music series this year, showing how music was played in the Baroque period. 

The Gentleman’s Band, led by reed pipe player Stefan Temmingh, will present a unique Baroque concert of “birds” with their instruments on May 11. Audiences will hear the tweeting of nightingales, goldfinch, cuckoo, chicken and pigeons.

As for the innovative part, Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Bugge Wesseltoft will bring their special project to Shanghai Concert Hall next December. Apart from presenting Schoenberg’s “Verklarte Nacht” and a mixed classical and jazz version of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” the musicians will also exhibit themselves as statues by Rodin in the concert hall space.

French composer Thierry Escaich will improvise an underscore for the Chinese silent movie “Goddess” with his electronic organ on March 1, while Chinese musician Hu Chenyun will make his suona (double-reeded horn) electronic at a concert on March 16.

Visit www.shanghaiconcerthall.org for more information.

Ti Gong

The Emerson String Quartet will play works of Mozart, Barber and Brahms in May.

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