Concerts to celebrate Beethoven's 250th birthday

Ma Yue
Shanghai Oriental Art Center will stage four Beethoven-themed concerts in the next four months to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth.
Ma Yue

Shanghai Oriental Art Center will stage four Beethoven-themed concerts in the next four months to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth.

Celebrated conductor Chen Xieyang and the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra will raise the curtain for the series with “Eroica and Earthlings” on September 5. Programs featured include Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major “Eroica” and Symphony No. 7 in A major.

Concerts to celebrate Beethovens 250th birthday
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Conductor Chen Xieyang

Chen became the president of Shanghai Symphony Orchestra in 1984 and was named musical director of the orchestra in 1986. He later became the musical director of the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, established only four years ago.

Despite its short history, the Suzhou Symphony Orchestra has partnered with a number of renowned musicians from China and abroad. It has performed at the Unter den Linden and Elbphilharmonie concert halls in Germany, and was invited by the United Nations last year to perform a Spring Festival concert at its headquarters in New York City.

A second September concert, “Fate and Faith,” will be performed by conductor Yu Lu and the Ningbo Symphony Orchestra. Featured programs include Symphony No. 2 in D major and Symphony No. 5 in C minor.

Yu, 31, is the protege of famed Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa. Ozawa praised Yu as one of the most talented young conductors he’s ever encountered.

Concerts to celebrate Beethovens 250th birthday
Ti Gong

 Ningbo Symphony Orchestra

On October 31, China National Opera House’s chief conductor Yang Yang and the Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra will join hands with violinist Huang Bin for “Rhyme and Roman.” The program includes Violin Concerto in D major and Symphony No. 4 in B-flat major.

The series’ final concert will be performed by 95-year-old conductor Cao Peng and the Shanghai City Symphony Orchestra on December 13. The performance will also feature Cao’s violinist daughter Cao Xiaoxia.

Performance info

• “Eroica and Earthlings”
Date: September 5, 7:30pm
Tickets: 180-480 yuan

• “Fate and Faith”
Date: September 23, 7:30pm
Tickets: 180-480 yuan

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center
Address: 425 Dingxiang Road, Pudong New Area

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