Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Announce US and Canada Tour During November

shanghai-symphony-orchestra-2This year marks the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China and the 130th anniversary of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the oldest orchestra in Asia and one of the oldest classical ensembles in the world.  The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO)  announced it will tour the US and Canada at the direction of Maestro Long Yu.  Yu began his inaugural season as the Music Director of SSO earlier this fall.

The tour commences Tuesday, November 10th in New York City at Carnegie Hall with Lang Lang performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto in C minor.  Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 – Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over 5 billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad.

Along with performing standard Western repertoire, programs will feature new music works from Chen Qigang’s Iris dévoilée, which will be performed in the composer’s presence at Carnegie Hall as part of the Ancient Paths, Modern Voices festival celebrating Chinese culture, and Bao Yuan Kai’s China Air Suite.

Other guest soloists will include emerging Chinese pianists Yuja Wang and Peng Peng.

For more Information about the tour, the orchestra and soloists, visit http://www.camimusic.com/artists/sso-tour.html

If you are in any of the cities the orchestra is visiting, I’d consider going.  These concerts sound like a treat for any classical music aficionado.  I’d be interested to hear their interpretations of the repertoire.  Unfortunately for me, the SSO isn’t visiting Chicago, so if you do go please let us know how it went.

Tour Schedule

Tues, Nov 10, 2009 – NEW YORK, NY – Isaac Stern Hall, Carnegie Hall; Soloist: Lang Lang, piano; Program: RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dévoilée

Wed, Nov 11, 2009 – WORCESTER, MA – Mechanics Hall; Soloist: Yuja Wang, piano; Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawn…Moscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dévoilée

Thu, Nov 12, 2009 – NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – State Theatre, Regional Arts Center; Soloist: Yuja Wang, piano; Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawn…Moscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dévoilée

Fri, Nov 13, 2009 – GREENVALE, NY – North Fork Hall, Tilles Center; Soloist: Yuja Wang, piano; Program: TCHAIKOVSKY, Romeo and Juliet Overture; BAO YUANKAI, China Air Suite; RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2

Sat, Nov 14, 2009 – FAIRFAX, VA – Center for the Arts , George Mason Univ.; Soloist: Peng Peng, piano; Program: TCHAIKOVSKY, Romeo and Juliet Overture; BAO YUANKAI, China Air Suite; RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2

Mon, Nov 16, 2009 – TORONTO, ON, CANADA – Roy Thomson Hall; Soloist Yuja Wang, piano; Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawn…Moscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dévoilée

Thu, Nov 19, 2009 – LA JOLLA, CA – Copley Symphony Hall; Soloist: Yuja Wang, piano; Program: TCHAIKOVSKY, Romeo and Juliet Overture; BAO YUANKAI, China Air Suite; RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2

Fri, Nov 20, 2009 – SANTA BARBARA, CA – Grenada Theatre; Soloist: Yuja Wang, piano; Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawn…Moscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dévoilée

Sat, Nov 21, 2009 – DAVIS, CA – Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center; Soloist: Yuja Wang, piano; Program: TCHAIKOVSKY, Romeo and Juliet Overture; BAO YUANKAI, China Air Suite; RACHMANINOFF, Piano

Sun, Nov 22, 2009 – BERKELEY, CA – Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley; Soloist Yuja Wang, piano; Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawn…Moscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dévoilée

Tue, Nov 24, 2009 – COSTA MESA, CA – Segerstrom Concert Hall; Soloist Yuja Wang, piano; Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawn…Moscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dévoilée

Wed, Nov 25, 2009 – PALM DEERT, CA – McCallum Theatre; Soloist Yuja Wang, piano; Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawn…Moscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dévoilée

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