'Music in the Summer Air' festival concludes

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra's "Music in the Summer Air" festival will conclude with a repertoire of three concertos by Mozart, Prokofiev and Dvorak on Monday.

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra’s “Music in the Summer Air” festival will conclude with a repertoire of three concertos by Mozart, Prokofiev and Dvorak on Monday.

The symphony orchestra will play under the baton of its artistic director Yu Long and features two young musicians, Berlin-based Chinese violinist Ning Feng and American cellist Alisa Weilerstein.

Yu was born in 1964 to a pianist mother and choreographer father in Shanghai. Like many of his Chinese peers, Yu studied and performed abroad in the late 1980s, before bringing some of the latest trends and ideas from the classical music world in the 1990s.

At the closing concert, Yu will conduct the orchestra for Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.23 in A Major, Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major and Dvorak’s Cell Concerto in B Minor.

The show also marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, as well as a sneak preview of the orchestra’s upcoming world tour celebrating its 140th birthday.

The tour will include the orchestra’s debut at BBC Proms in London. Ironically, the BBC Symphony Orchestra recently performed two concerts under Sir Andrew Davis at the music festival in Shanghai.

“We are honored to represent symphony music from China in the most prestigious music festivals in the world,” the orchestra’s director Zhou Ping said of the closing concert and upcoming tour.

The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra has long prided itself on conducting various experiments in “crossovers,” be it breaking boundaries and blending classical music with more contemporary genres or exploring possibilities of fusing with other art forms.

It recently signed an exclusive recording deal with the prestigious label Deutsche Grammophon.


Date: July 15, 7:30pm

Tickets: 100-300 yuan

Venue: Shanghai Symphony Hall, Concert Hall

Address: 1380 Fuxing Rd M.

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