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Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to perform in Taiwan

Shanghai Symphony Orchestra to perform in Taiwan

Taipei, April 3 (CNA) The Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, led by music director Yu Long, will perform concerts in Taichung on April 4 and Taipei on April 6 in part to help promote the Expo 2010 Shanghai that will open in May.
"Shanghai is an old city but full of energy. This orchestra is a group with a long history, but we are still very young, " Yu said Saturday at a news conference in Taipei.
One of the highlights of the orchestra's program, according to Yu, will be the song "Go and See the World, " which was first performed to mark the 100-day countdown to the opening of the six-month Expo extravaganza.
The concerts will also feature classical music, including Symphony No. 5 in E minor by Tchaikovsky, and Chinese folk songs.
Established in 1879, the orchestra is one of the oldest in the world, even older than the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, which was founded in 1882, said Yu, who was appointed as the orchestra's music director last year.
One of China's most distinguished conductors, Yu also currently serves as the artistic director and principal conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra and the music director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra.
"What I emphasize is professionalism, improving the standard of every aspect of the orchestra, " Yu said when asked about his leadership style.
The orchestra will be making its third trip to Taipei, after previous visits in 1994 and 2004, but will be appearing in Taichung for the first time.
Collaborating with the orchestra in Taiwan will be soprano Huang Ying, tenor Mok Warren and baritone Liao Chang Yong.
(By Sunnie Chen)




Updated : 2021-02-28 03:22 GMT+08:00