Classical concert to reach the high notes

The Chenshan Musical Festival held in Songjiang is set to become one of the Shanghai culture brands.
Zhang Zhelun / Ti Gong

People watch classical music performance at the Chenshan Musical Festival. 

The Chenshan Musical Festival held in Songjiang is set to become one of the Shanghai culture brands.

Initiated in 2012, the festival has become one of the largest outdoor classical music festival in China.

A man surnamed Wu and his family came from Hangzhou, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province to the concert.

He appreciated the child-friendly nature of the outdoor event where parents didn’t need to bother too much about their children running and jumping during the concert and disturbing others.

In 2012, Concert of the Green won the National Award for Outstanding Park Cultural Activities.

Three years later, the concert became a two-day musical festival with six shows.

The world-class performers having graced the meadow stage included the Prague Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Massimo Bellini and the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra.

This year’s Day One, with its “Sound of Rhine” theme saw a group of 170 artists from top or long-established German orchestras and choirs performing pieces by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.

To ensure the best experience for audiences, the Chenshan Botanical Garden insisted on putting out just 6,000 seats in the 12,000-square-meter venue despite lowering its profit.

The advanced drainage system installed at the botanical garden also prevented the venue from becoming a mess of mud during the spring showers which failed to dampen the audiences enthusiasm for classical music.

Tickets for concert had sold out 10 days ahead of the event this year, said garden officials.

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