The Beijing Music Festival in China from October 11 to 31, 2010 will focus on the theme “From Baroque to New Contemporary.” The festival will include a focus on the anniversaries of Chopin and Schumann in three concerts of music featuring pianists Lang Lang, Yundi Li, Haochen Zhang, and Sa Chen; the world premiere of a piano concerto by Howard Shore, featuring Lang Lang; the world premiere of Farewell My Overlord, a newly commissioned opera; the Chinese premiere of Zhou Long’s opera Madame White Snake; and Handel’s Semele, said to be the first-ever performance of a Baroque opera in China. Performers at the festival will include the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the China Philharmonic Orchestra. The Toronto-based Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra will perform a program exploring the power of music and science. The founder and artistic director of the festival is Long Yu, who is also artistic director of the China Philharmonic.
Posted June 8, 2010