2017 New Year’s Concert

Co-production by Shanghai Grand Theatre and Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Shanghai GRAND THEATRE

Lyric Theatre

Conductor: Daniel Oren

Program

2016 / 12 / 30 19:15 Opera Gala Concert

2016 / 12 / 31 19:15 Beethoven’s Symphony No.9

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2016 / 12 / 30 19:15 Opera Gala Concert
Solo: Valeria Sepe, Chi Liming, Zhang Feng
Orchestra: Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

2016 / 12 / 31 19:15 Beethoven’s Symphony No.9
Soprano: Valeria Sepe
Mezzo Soprano: Jia Wenxuan
Tenor: Han Peng
Baritone: Yang Xiaoyong
Chorus: Shanghai Opera Chorus
Orchestra: Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

On the occasion of New Year’s celebration, Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra and Shanghai Grand Theatre will jointly present the New Year’s Concert. Famous conductor Daniel Oren, together with Italian Soprano Valeria Sepe and singers and musicians from Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra, will bring the audience Opera Gala Concert and Beethoven’s Symphony No.9.

Opera Gala Concert elaborately select familiar arias from the operas created by composers including Verdi, Puccini, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, etc. There will be various artistic styles presented in the concert, such as Solo and Ensemble.

The Symphony No. 9 in d minor is Ludwig van Beethoven's final complete symphony. It is almost universally considered as one of Beethoven’s greatest works, and many consider it one of the greatest compositions in the western musical canon. The Symphony No.9 is a well presentation of Beethoven’s life philosophy and eulogizes the struggle for freedom and pursuit of justice and love. Let’s enjoy the wonderful music night together with the Chinese and foreign artists to celebrate the coming of the New Year.

Dialogue among the principles

String Quartet Concert

2017 / 03 / 04 19:30

Shanghai Concert Hall

Program

SDvorak:String Quartet No.12 in F Major, Op.96 “American”

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First Violin | Chen Yangyuetong

Second Violin | Shi Wei

Viola | Liu Mo

Cello | Wang Mengyu

In contrast to orchestral music, chamber music is performed by a small number of performers, with one performer to a part. Each part is relatively independent and personalized. Playing chamber music requires special skills, both musical and social. Without the conductor on site, musicians have to be highly cooperated and interdependent. The composition of chamber music is usually more elaborate, the combination of instruments is more meticulous, while the expressions of emotion are delicate.

The 2nd Session for this season’s Chamber Music Concert is a special concert for String Quartet. The String Quartet is one of the most prominent chamber ensembles in classical music, with most major composers writing string quartets. The writer of string quartets must perforce concentrate on the bare bones of musical logic. Thus, in many ways the string quartet is pre-eminently the dialectical form of instrumental music, the one most naturally suited to the activity of logical disputation and philosophical enquiry. In the 21st century String Quartet remains an important and refined musical form.

In Memory of MauriceRavel

2017 / 03 / 10 19:30

Shanghai Concert Hall

Program

Ma merel'Oye

Bolero

Tzigane, rapsodie de concert,

for Violin & Orchestra

Daphnis et Chloe Suite No.2

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Conductor | Lin Yousheng

Violin | Tao Le

Orchestra | Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Joseph Maurice Ravel (7 March 1875 – 28 December 1937) was a French composer. He is often associated with impressionism, although he rejected the term. His music is very structured, texture clear, exquisite, and also humorous. Every details in his work are carefully crafted and deliberately polished.

In fact, apart from Debussy, Ravel was also affected by romanticism composers such as Chabrier and Sarti, Russian “Powerful Group” composers, oriental arts and the artistic style like French symbolism poems and Impressionist paintings. Just as what he said, “Strictly, I’m not a modern composer, because my music is rather an evolution than revolution…”

Ravel was known as a master of orchestration. He minutely studied the ability of each orchestral instrument to determine its potential, putting its individual colour and timbre to maximum use. The concert will present Ravel’s most representative creations in various fields and demonstrate “dazzling array of instrumental colour”.

Richard Straussmeets Mahler

Symphony Concert

2017/05/26 19:30

Shanghai Concert Hall

Program

Richard Strauss:

Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche TrV 171 Op.28

Richard Strauss :

VierLetzte Lieder TrV 296

Mahler :Symphony No.4 in G Major

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Conductors | Zhang Guoyong

Soprano | Song Yuanming

Orchestra | Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

From late 19th century to early 20th century, two European musicians are especially remarkable, Gustav Mahler and Richard Georg Strauss.

Till EulenspiegelslustigeStreiche is one of Strauss’s most famous tone poems. It chronicles the misadventures and pranks of the German peasant folk hero Till Eulenspiegel. VierLetzte Lieder for soprano and orchestra are the final completed works of Richard Strauss, composed in 1948 when the composer was 84. The work has been published for many versions, but was seldom performed on domestic stage. The concert provides a rare opportunity for the audiences to enjoy the live performance.

Symphony No.4 in G Major by Gustav Mahler has been evaluated by many scholars as the best symphony of Mahler. The reason is that not only the form of composition is purely classical, but also the timbre disposal technique of instruments is fascinating. Symphony No.4 in G Major incorporates a song originally written in 1892.The song is called "Das himmlischeLeben" and presents a child's vision of heaven.

It’s also worth mentioning that the last two pieces are extremely high demanding for the soprano, considering the wide diapason, delicate but tension voice and precise control of emotion.

Carnival of the Animals

Children's Concert

2017/05/31-6/1 19:30

Shanghai Concert Hall

Program

Sergei Prokofiev:

Symphonic Fairy Tale - Peter and The Wolf Op.67

Saint-Saens:Carnival of the Animals

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Conductor | Lin Yousheng

Piano | Song Siheng / GuJieting

Orchestra | Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

Children are always happy when they are with the animals. However, in city life, seldom do they have the opportunities to get in touch with the animals. For this year’s Children’s Day, Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra will elaborately prepare an “Animal Carnival” for the families. Let’s enjoy the music of animals.

Young pianists Song Siheng and GuJieting will be on stage for the concert. Both of them are dedicated in exploring the multi-media concerts for these years and have already received good response.

What’s more, child actors will also be on stage, and dance with the music. That will be the most joyful and colorful concert you’ve ever seen!

Will Humburg & Anna Tsybuleva

Closing Performance of Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra Season 2016/2017

Symphonic Chorus Concert

2017 / 07 / 09 19:15

Shanghai Grand Theater

Program

Tchaikovsky:Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op.23

Brahms:Schicksalslied Op.54

Bernstein:Chichester Psalms

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Conductor:Will Humburg

Piano:Anna Tsybuleva

Chorus:Shanghai Opera Chorus

Orchestra:Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

The closing concert of Season 2016-17 has highlights on both the program and the artists.

The Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor was composed by Tchaikovsky. It is among the best known of piano concertos.

The Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) is one of several major choral works written by Johannes Brahms and considered as one of his best choral works. Chichester Psalms is a choral work by Leonard Bernstein. Although it is a religious work with ecumenical spirit, it brilliantly demonstrates the musical temperament and emotional tug of Bernstein.

The conductor for the closing concert is Will Humburg. He has worked on many great productions on the international stage, such as Wagner's Ring cycle, Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, Don Carlos, Tristan und Isolde, etc. Let’s wait and see what will happen when Will meets Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra.

  • Respighi / Rome Trilogy

    2016/03/12 19:30

    Shanghai Concert Hall

    Conductor:Lin Yousheng

    Orchestra:Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

    Program

    Fontane di Roma,

    I: La fontana di Valle Giulia all'alba at dawn

    II: La fontana del Tritone al mattino in the morning

    III: La fontana di Trevi al meriggio at noon

    Pini di Roma,

    I: I pini di Villa Borghese

    II: I pini presso una catacomba

    III: I pini del Gianicolo

    IV: I pini della Via Appia

    Feste romane

    I: Circenses

    II: Giubileo

    III: L'Ottobrata

    IV: L'Ottobrata

  • Super Mozart

    2014/05/31-6/1 19:30

    Shanghai Concert Hall

    Conductor:Zhang Chengjie

    Flute:Hyeri Yoon

    Program

    Opera “La Clemeza di Tito” Overture

    Flute Concerto in G Major

    Ⅰ.Allegro maestoso

    Ⅱ.Adagio non troppo

    Ⅲ.Rondo(Tempo di menuetto)

    Symphonies No.41 in C Major "Jupiter"

    Ⅰ.Allegro vivace

    Ⅱ.Andante cantabile

    Ⅲ.Menuetto:Allegretto & Trio

    Ⅳ.Molto allegro

  • Greetings from Germany

    2014/02/21 19:30

    Conductor:Zhang Guoyong

    Clarinet:Zhao Chao

    Program

    Brahms:Academic Festival Overture Op.80 

    Weber:Clarinet Concertos Nos.2 in E Flat Major Op.74

    Brahms:Symphony No.2 in D major Op. 73

  • Tao Le Violin Recital

    2014/03/28 19:30

    Shanghai Concert Hall

    Conductor:Lin Yousheng

    Guest:Cai Jingjing/Zhang Lu/Wu Shuting/Zhang Jinru/Zhang Runyin (in program order)

    Program

    Shostakovich:Trio for Piano,Violin and Viloncello no.2 in E minor(The 3nd/4th movement)

    Prokofiev:Violin concerto No.2 in g minor Op.63

    Vivaldi:Concerto for four violins in b minor RV580(The 1st/3rd movement)

    Ralo:Smphonie Espagnole in d minor(The 1st movement) Op.21Bruch:Scottish Fantasy Op. 46

  • Souls Never Surrender

    Shostakovich - Symphony No.5

    2016/06/12 19:30

    Shanghai Concert Hall

    Conductor:Zhang Guoyong

    Violin:Tao Le

    Orchestra:Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

    Program

    Shostakovich:Symphony No.5 in D minor, Op. 47

    Moderato—Allegro non troppo

    Allegretto

    Largo

    Allegro non troppo

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  • Das Lied von der Erde

    Gustav Mahler,1860

    Program

    Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde

    Der Einsame im Herbst

    Von der Jugend

    Von der Schonheit

    Der Trunkene im Fruhling

    Der Abschied

  • Rimsky-Korsakov`s 170th Anniversary Concert

    2014/03/14 19:30

    Shanghai Concert Hall

    Conductor:Lin Yousheng

    Orchestra:Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

    Program

    Russian Easter Festival Overture Op.36

    Capriccio Espagnol Op.34

    Scheherazade Op.35

  • Program

    Appalachian Overture Op. 51 

    Golden Festival Overture Op. 95

    Alvamar Overture Op. 45

    Fanfares and Alleluias Op. 88

    Second Symphony Op. 44

    Ⅰ Elegia

    Ⅱ Variazioni

    Ⅲ Finale

  • Trio Concert

    2015/11/12 19:30

    Shanghai Concert Hall

    Violin:Tao Le

    Cello: Cai Jingjing

    Piano / Conductor:Zhang Chengjie

    Program

    Chopin:Introduction & Polonaise Brillante Op3

    Cello:Cai Jingjing

    Piano:Zhang Chengjie

    Chen Gang:Morning in Hmong Mountains

    Violin:Tao Le

    Ravel:Tzigane

    Violin:Tao Le

    Piano:Zhang Chengjie

    A. N.Scriabin:No5 Piano Sonata in F sharp Op.53

    Piano: Zhang Chengjie

    Beethoven:Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C Major Op.56

    Violin:Tao Le

    Cello:Cai Jingjing

    Piano / Conductor:Zhang Chengjie

    Orchestra: Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

  • Beethoven Concert

    2014/10/17 20:00

    Shanghai Concert Hall

    Conductor:Zhang Yi

    Orchestra:Shanghai Opera Symphony Orchestra

    Program

    Symphony No.6 in F Major Op.68

    Movment I:Allegro ma non troppo (Awakening of Cheerful Feelings upon Arrival in the Country)

    Movment II:Andante Molto mosso (Scene by the Brook)

    Movment III:Allegro (Merry Gathering of Country Folk)

    Movment IV:Allegro (Thunderstorm)

    Movment V:Allegretto (Shepherd's Song, Happy and Thankful Feelings after the Storm)

    Symphony No.7 in A Major Op.92

    Movment I:Poco sostenuto-Vivace

    Movment II:Allegretto

    Movment III:Presto

    Giubileo

    Movment IV:Allegro con brio

    Choral Fantasia in c Minor Op.80

  • The Carnival Of The Animals

    Program

    Mother Goose Suite

    Joseph-Maurice Ravel

    Pavane of the Sleeping Beauty

    Tom Thumb

    Laideronnette, Empress of the Pagodas

    Conversations of Beauty and the Beast

    The Fairy Garde

    Children's Corner

    Debussy

    Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

    Jimbo's Lullaby

    Serenade for the Doll

    The Snow is Dancing

    The Little Shepherd

    Golliwogg's Cake-Walk

    The Pupil In Magic

    Paul Dukas

    The Carnival Of The Animals

    Saint-Saens

    Royal March of the Lion

    Hens and Cocks

    Wild Asses

    Tortoises

    The elephants

    Kangaroos

    The Aquarium

    Persons with Long Ears

    Cuckoo in the Heart of the Wood

    The Aviary

    Pianists

    Fossils

    The Swan

    Finale

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Carmen-Overture
Cavaliera Rusticana-Intermezzo
La Forza del Destino-Overture
Les saisons Op.37b, January:By the Fireside
Symphony No.9 in D minor
Tchaikovsky: Valse Sentimentale, Op.51, No.6
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