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Music fans head for breath of fresh air

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2020-08-10 07:16

The Tianjin Symphony Orchestra gives a performance on Aug 1, its first since the emergence of the pandemic. [Photo/Xinhua]

Before taking the baton to lead the Beijing Symphony Orchestra in a performance at the Forbidden City Concert Hall on July 31, conductor Li Biao said, "For musicians, it's not a complete performance without audience applause."

The concert featured Ode to the Red Flag, composed by noted musician Lyu Qiming in 1965, the second movement of Dvorak's Symphony No 9"From the New World" and the second movement of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major. It was the orchestra's first live performance for 188 days.

"As our first live concert since the novel coronavirus outbreak, it was very special and meaningful to us," said Li, who was appointed the orchestra's chief conductor in December after a successful career elsewhere as a conductor and percussion soloist.

"We hope to send a resounding message with this concert that live classical music has returned to the stage."

Li added that a full summer festival program is planned for this month, with some 30 live concerts being staged in Beijing, Tianjin and cities in Hebei.

Also on July 31, the Jingju Theatre Company of Beijing staged its first show at Chang'an Grand Theatre since the viral outbreak. The program featured Peking Opera artists, including Du Zhenjie and Chi Xiaoqiu, performing the classic piece Hong Zong Lie Ma. The company said tickets sold out within two hours and 95 percent of those attending were young people.

This month, the company will premiere a contemporary Peking Opera piece in memory of Li Dazhao (1889-1927), a founding member of the Communist Party of China.

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