“The China Philharmonic Orchestra will make its debut at this year’s British Broadcasting Corporation Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London,” writes Chen Jie in Friday’s (7/18) China Daily (Hong Kong). “It is also the first orchestra from China to play at the Proms…. On July 19 … the China Philharmonic Orchestra will join Chinese pianist Zhang Haochen and English trumpet soloist Alison Balsom to open this year’s ‘global classical music’ series. ‘Global classical music is at the heart of the 2014 Proms with 10 international orchestras performing—much more than ever before,’ Roger Wright, director of BBC Proms, says… ‘Many of my friends recommended the orchestra and its conductor, Yu Long,’ he says.… The China Philharmonic Orchestra is also in talks with the Proms to offer an ‘East meets West’ program,” to include Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” March No. 4, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No 1, as well as a commissioned concerto for trumpet and orchestra by Chinese composer Chen Qi, Joie Eternelle. Among other conductors scheduled to lead concerts at this year’s Proms are Marin Alsop, Daniel Barenboim, Andrew Davis, Valery Gergiev, Alan Gilbert, Iván Fischer, Andris Nelsons, and Simon Rattle.
Posted July 18, 2014