The Sydney Symphony in Australia has announced a new three-year partnership with the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, in southern China’s Guangdong province. In a press release, Sydney Symphony Managing Director Rory Jeffes said the agreement allows the orchestra to demonstrate “its role as one of Australia’s major cultural ambassadors, supporting the Federal and State governments in their endeavours to create closer political, economic, social and commercial ties with China.” The first event as part of the partnership will be a two-week Sydney Symphony tour of China in October 2012. During that tour, Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Vladimir Ashkenazy will lead the orchestra in Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4, and the Dvořák Cello Concerto, with soloist Jian Wang, in the cities of Tianjin, Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Qingdao, and Guanghzhou. Also planned are a visit by Xinghai Conservatory students to Sydney, where they will perform in the Sydney Sinfonia, the Sydney Symphony’s training orchestra. Master classes, exchanges, orchestral workshops, commissions, and tour performances, facilitated through digital technology, are also planned. The new partnership expands upon the New South Wales-Guangdong Sister-State relationship, which was established in 1979.
Posted August 3, 2012