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Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra to launch a new music season
Update: 2021-07-20     Source: Newsgd.com

The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra 2021/2022 Music Season will be held in Guangzhou from September 2021 to July 2022, featuring a global cast and famous tunes from classical music.

Yu Long and Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (Photo provided to Newsgd.com)

Yu Long, famous conductor and music director of Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra (GSO), will conduct the orchestra at both the opening (September 17, 2021) and closing (July 9, 2022) ceremonies of the music season, as well as a Rachmaninoff themed music concert (February 18, 2022). Jing Huan, the permanent conductor of GSO will direct the concerts of "Saint-Saëns' dialogue with Chen Qigang" (September 25, 2021) and Shostakovich themed concert (June 24, 2022).

Jing Huan, the permanent conductor of GSO (Photo provided to Newsgd.com)

Guest conductors include maestro Lan Shui, Conductor Laureate of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Lü Jia, Chief Conductor of the China National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra, Xia Xiaotang, Principal Conductor of China Philharmonic Orchestra, and more.

Musicians that you will be able to encounter include pianists Chen Sa, Sheng Yuan, Du Ningwu and Shen Huilian, violinists Xu Huailing, Chen Rui and Liu Ming, tenor Xiahou Jinxu, mezzo-sopranos Wu Hongni, Zhu Huiling, and Liang Ning.

Lü Jia, Chief Conductor of the China National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra  (Photo provided to Newsgd.com)

A number of masterpieces by famous composers over the past 200 years will be staged during the music season. Here are only a small number of the highlights.

You will be able to enjoy performances of world-renowned music pieces, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9, Horn Concerto No. 4, Symphony No. 41 (nicknamed the Jupiter Symphony), Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra and Violin Concerto No. 3; Ludwig van Beethoven's Coriolanus Overture, Piano Concerto No. 3 and Piano Concerto No. 5 (popularly known as the Emperor Concerto); Frédéric François Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2; Symphony No. 3 by Johannes Brahms; Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 3.

Six symphonies by Austrian composer Gustav Mahler will be presented, namely Das Lied von der Erde and Symphony No. 2 (known as the Resurrection Symphony) for the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as Symphony No. 3, 5, 7 and 10 (Deryck Cooke's revised and completed version).

Friedrich Gulda's Cello Concerto will also be performed in Guangzhou for the first time during this period.

In addition, you don't want to miss out on the music works by Russian composers, such as the Overture-Fantasy Romeo and Juliet, Symphony No.5 and Rococo Variations by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Festive Overture, Piano Concerto No. 1, Violin Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 6 by Dmitri Shostakovich, The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and Symphonic Dances by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, and Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky.

Other highlighted works include Overture to The Bartered Bride by the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, The Overture to Candide and the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, Bizet's Symphony No.1 L'Arlesienne Suite No.1, as well as Ma mère l'Oye and Le Tombeau de Couperin by Maurice Ravel.

The 2022 Youth Music Culture Guangdong (YMCG), forming part of the music season, will be held in January 2022 for the sixth consecutive year.

Stay tuned on GDToday to make sure you don't miss out on the performances.

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