Symphony orchestras from across the country gather in Shanghai for the “Symphony of Time” showcase, during which 22 symphony concerts and Chinese music will be presented until mid-December.
Organized by the Arts and Culture Bureau of the Central Publicity Department and the China Center International Arts Festival in Shanghai, the showcase features iconic works and original compositions commissioned by the troupes, as well as Western classics.
The series of performances began with a symphonic poem “A Panorama of Rivers and Mountains” performed by the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra at Jaguar Shanghai Symphony Hall on Saturday evening.
Composed by Zhao Lin, musical director of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the work is inspired by an ancient painting from the Song dynasty (960-1279), a large landscape which also includes detailed scenes of people’s daily life.
Zhao described the piece as a gift to traditional Chinese culture in the form of a symphony with traditional Chinese instruments.
On Sunday evening, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra joins young violinist Lin Ruifeng to perform Schubert’s “Rosamunde Overture” and “Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major” under the direction of conductor Sun Yifan.
Other participating troupes include: Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, National Performing Arts Center Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, Guiyang Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of China, Hangzhou Philharmonic, Shanghai Chinese Orchestra, National Traditional Orchestra of China, National Broadcasting Orchestra of China and Chinese Orchestra of Suzhou.