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China Daily | Updated: 2018-07-14 11:32

Music in the Summer Air

Date: July 16 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Shanghai Symphony Hall

French Canadian pianist Louis Lortie has attracted critical acclaim throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States. He has extended his interpretive voice across a broad range of repertoire rather than choosing to specialize in one particular style. The London Times, describing his playing as "ever immaculate, ever imaginative", has identified the artist's "combination of total spontaneity and meditated ripeness that only great pianists have". Born in Montreal, Helene Mercier started her piano studies at the age of six and quickly won recognition by getting first honors at the Quebec and Canadian Music Competitions in piano solo and piano-violin. She is also an award winner of the Prague International Chamber Music Competition.

Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet

Date: July 27 - 7:30 pm

Venue: Cadillac Shanghai Concert Hall

The formation of the Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet is unique: unlike other quintets, in which a normal string quartet consisting of two violins, viola and cello is augmented by either a second viola or a second cello, the additional instrument here is a double bass. Thus all five string sections of the orchestra are represented, and the Philharmonic String Quintet goes beyond the conventional limits of a pure chamber-music ensemble - like the string quartet - to become a formation with symphonic dimensions. It gave its first concert in 2007 in Belgium to great acclaim. Within a relatively short time the ensemble has achieved wide recognition and has now appeared throughout Europe and Japan.

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Date: July 18-19 - 7:30 pm

Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts

Vasily Petrenko, Chief Conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, started as Principal Conductor in 2006 and became Chief Conductor in 2009. Born in 1976, he started his music education at the St Petersburg Capella Boys Music School - the oldest music school in Russia - and then studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and is keen to support young musicians, which has included work with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and young musicians in Liverpool. For his outstanding contribution to the arts and Liverpool's cultural scene, he has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moores University, and was admitted to the Roll of Citizens of Honour of the City of Liverpool in 2016. The origins of the Orchestra's concert series date back to the formation of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society by a group of Liverpool music lovers in 1840.

D Lab Dance: Mirage

Date: July 28-29 - 7:30 pm

Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts

When it comes to financing business, people tend to describe it as unfathomable. Financial practitioners seem to wear mysterious masks all the time. They perform wonders in the suit, just like the magicians. The advocates always keep curious and keen to see the truth. But who knows the real them underneath their gleaming appearances. Are they perverse and eccentric? Or are they only trying to look cheerful? The office has become a "battlefield" where they fight for every penny in the world of money. Sometimes they are very cautious, but sometimes they fight without any fear. When darkness fell, and battle was over, all the struggles seemed to be disappeared. There was only one sigh left. At this very moment, the victory doesn't matter anymore. On the choice of themes, D Lab challenges the "financial world" - a field with an aura of "Elite" this time. The collision between this field and dance induces fantastic reveries, and the chemical reactions would happen between them based on marked disparity also make people more interested in.

Vienna Girls' Choir

Date: Aug 9 - a 7:30 pm

Venue: National Centre for the Performing Arts

The Vienna Girls' Choir is a choir of girls who are between ten and fifteen years old. Formed in 2004 in Vienna, Austria, the choir is a part of the Wirth Music Academy. Gerald Wirth, the Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys' Choir, assists in the management of the girls' choir, which meets in the historic Josefsstockl on the grounds of the Vienna Boys' Choir, which was established in 1498. The choir performs traditional Austrian folk songs as well as traditional and contemporary pieces from many nations. In February 2007, the Vienna Girls' Choir traveled to India to perform with a children's choir from New Delhi. This was the premiere of the World Peace Choir. Ravi Shankar hosted the meeting with rehearsals at the Ravi Shankar Institute for Music and Performing Arts.

Bang Gang at Tango

Date: Aug 5 10:30 am

Venue: Tango 3F/Hit FM Live, Beijing

Bardi Johannsson, a tall Icelandic man, has been playing under the name Bang Gang since 1996. First came the very atmospheric You (2000), with surprisingly soft, vaporous outlines for someone with such a violent stage name. 2003 confirmed Bardi's talent as a composer, performer and producer. Two simultaneous albums made him a major figure of musical melancholy: Something Wrong, Bang Gang's second album, where the softness of the acoustic songs meets adventurous electronic explorations; and Lady&Bird, a side-project for an androgynous duo with the talented artist Keren Ann. Nevertheless, and for our greatest pleasure, Bardi has returned to his first love: songwriting. For, once again, that is what this third album is: a collection of songs. Extremely well-written songs, full of melodic outbursts, the likes of which are rarely seen these days; with careful arrangements and coherence, but still diverse. Bardi Johannsson loves mysteries and eclecticism; he is always ready to take the least expected detours. Like the specters evoked in this third album, Ghosts from the Past, he sometimes disappears and reappears, but his music never ceases to haunt us.

Munich Boys Choir in Guangzhou

Date: Aug 12 - 8 pm

Venue: Xinhai Concert Hall

The foundation of the Munich Boys Choir by the conductor Ralf Ludewig demonstrates how he rose to the challenge of realizing a long term dream he and many friends of music and culture in Munich have in common: a top level boys' choir whose very name epitomizes the rich variety of culture the Bavarian state capital continues to offer. In the past citizens and representatives of the City of Munich frequently approached the then Music Director of the Tolzer Knabenchor and announced their wish to see a new name in the music world, one that would signal to all just how success, quality and fame can be attributed to a boys' choir comprising Munich's own children - the City of Munich has, after all, a child in its famous coat of arms. Inspired by these requests Ralf Ludewig decided to establish a choir of his own. Many boys were inspired by this idea of a new musical adventure and followed their long time choir leader, supporting him in forming a new choir that would be associated with music-making of the highest level.


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