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China Daily | Updated: 2018-12-22 10:40

Gang of Four China Tour 2019

Date: March 16 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Tango Live, Beijing

Gang of Four is one of the most radical and important rock groups of the last 30 years.

Formed in Leeds in 1976, Gang of Four first performed in May 1977. All the big bands that followed, the Chili Peppers, INXS, Massive Attack, Alice in chains, Faith no more, Rage against the machine, R.E.M., U2, have spoken of their debt to Gang of Four but in more recent years, the band's influence has become almost universal with the emergence of post-punk influenced bands such as the Rapture, Radio 4, Futureheads, NineInchNails,!!!, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, BlocParty, LCD Soundsystem and MGMT. The band is led by guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Andy Gill, widely acclaimed as an innovator and much copied around the world. Gill also produced most of Gang of Four's output, including the 2006 album Return The Gift and 2011's critically acclaimed album Content. That was followed by the Gill produced "What Happens Next?" featuring performances by Alison Mosshart, Herbert Groenemeyer and Hotei. Gill has also produced albums for many other artists including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Jesus Lizard, the Stranglers, the Futureheads, Michael Hutchence and Bono, Therapy, Regurgitator, The Young Knives and Killing Joke. His most recent production work was in Beijing recording Chinese rock band AV Okubo. "Bands occasionally get described as being 'ahead of their time'. Usually it means nothing; mere hack hyperbole employed to describe the latest fledgling bunch of chancers. In Gang of Four's case, it's a stone-cold, empirical fact," The Independent reports.

School of Rock the Musical

Date: Feb 22-28 - 7:15 pm

Venue: Shanghai Grand Theatre Lyric Theatre

Based on the hilarious hit movie, this irresistible new musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star who decides to earn an extra bit of cash by posing as a supply teacher at a prestigious prep school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping mind-blowing rock band. With a new score from Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, book by Julian Fellowes and an incredible cast of kids shredding guitars, pounding drums and rocking out live, School of Rock is a treat for all ages. You are invited to tune your guitar, raise your rock, salute and discover the show that hits all the right notes.

European MMT Orchestra New Year's Concert 2019

Date: Jan 2 - 7:15 pm

Venue: Shanghai Grand Theater

Multi Muzikaal Theater Orkest was founded in 1980 whose original title was Apeldoorns Accordeon Orkest. The founder and conductor is the European accordion champion, renowned musician Henny Vels, with more than 60 members playing professionally. It's a legendary orchestra. To ensure the visualization of the music, they use accordions, woodwinds, brass instruments, strings, vocals, guitars, percussion instruments and synthesizers to perform. That's why they could sell out successfully each time. It is an orchestra that gives musicians and young top talents the opportunity to challenge the stage to play classical music in a new way for the audience.

Sofia National Philharmonic Orchestra New Year's Concert in Beijing

Date: Dec 27 - 7:30 pm

Venue: National Library, Beijing

The Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra was established as an institution and a structure after several transformations. The first orchestra was formed by initiative of Sasha Popov - at the time he was a professor of violin at the Music Academy. At the end of 1928, with the cooperation of the Academy's rector Dimitar Hadzhigeorgiev, the Academic Symphony Orchestra was founded. By 1935 the orchestra already had over 100 concerts with soloists such as Dimitar Nenov, Panka Pelishek, Tamara Yankova, Mihail Lefterov, Nedyalka Simeonova, Vasil Chernaev, Petar Hristoskov, Ivan Tsibulka, Konstantin Popov, Lyuben Mazarov, etc. Some of the outstanding guest performers were pianists Paul Wittgenstein and Marcel Ciampi and the violinist Henri Marteau. The Sofia Philharmonic has recorded approximately 25 instrumental concertos by Bach, Telemann, Tessarini, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Paganini, Tchaikovski, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky, Bartok and Jolivet.

NCPA Dance Drama Commission The Railway to Tibet

Date: Dec 22 - 7:30 pm

Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts

In late 1970s, Lu Tian, a young soldier from the Railway Engineering Corps who is working on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway construction site with his comrade-in-arms, is caught up in the most difficult dilemma of his life. On one hand, he hopes to follow the last wills of his father and his own determination to extend the railway to Lhasa. On the other hand, his mother wants him to retire from the army and return home in the city to take part in the college entrance examination, which has just been resumed. Lu acquaints himself with Yangjin and Suolang, a pair of Tibetan sister and brother and a group of Tibetan herdsmen. Lu falls in love with this land. However, fate plays a cruel trick on him. When he is more determined to stay on the land, a notice of retirement from the army is issued to him. However, a sudden strong earthquake strikes. Lu, who has already packed up his belongings and is ready to return to his home city, rushes back without any hesitation to the tunneling site to rescue his comrade-in-arms, but they all sacrifice their lives.

Vienna Johann Strauss Capelle New Year's Concert

Date: Dec 31-Jan 1 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Shanghai Concert Hall

The Strauss Capella Vienna is an orchestra looking back on almost 200 years of history. The tradition of its founder, Johann Strauss the Elder, performed throughout the entire world, is continued by the current orchestra. It consists of professional Viennese musicians, who put their heart and soul into the music. The original Strauss Capella Vienna promises to surprise and move audiences, who will start a journey beyond the music itself. Involving people from all ages and backgrounds in life-enhancing music experience, the original Strauss Capella Vienna creates an exciting and harmonious art. Every performance is a wonderful experience for the musicians as well as for the audiences.

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