Beethoven performance 'like a fish returning to the sea'

Zhou Shengjie Andy Boreham
The second and final performance in this year's Concert on the Green series, part of the ongoing Quality Life Week, was a welcome return to the art for the musicians involved.
Zhou Shengjie Andy Boreham
Shot by Zhou Shengjie. Edited by Zhou Shengjie. Subtitles by Wang Xinzhou and Andy Boreham.

The second and final performance in this year’s Concert on the Green series, part of the ongoing Quality Life Week, was a welcome return to the art for the musicians involved.

The Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Shanghai Opera House performed Beethoven’s Romance No. 2 in F-major to a packed audience on Sunday evening at the Shanghai Chenshan Botanic Garden. The audience included doctors and police officers who selflessly served their communities during COVID-19.

Violinist Wang Zhijiong said she’s enjoyed playing alone over the past few months, but missed performing for an audience during the epidemic. “This is my first show since the end of January,” she told Shanghai Daily. “It (performing on stage) feels like I'm a fish returning to the sea after being stuck in a fish tank.”

The Quality Life Week runs all week.

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