We've been apart for too long, and we're finally getting to the day of our reunion.
As time goes into the year of 2020, China Philharmonic Orchestra comes to its latter journey of 2019-2020 Music Season preparing 20th Anniversary Celebration of the orchestra. On January 5th we have finished the performance in Wuhan Qintai Concert Hall and been on the tour to four countries in Central and Eastern Europe since January 11th. After eleven days, we came back to Beijing with nothing to do during the pandemic.
Over a half of this year, from February to April, we were forced to cancel all the performance in the Music Season and miss the chance of meeting many famous musicians among whom were world-class musicians such as conductors Gilbert Varga and Vladimir Spivakov, violinists Joshua Bell and Frank Peter Zimmerman and his son. It’s a permanent pity that violinist Lynn Harrell passed away in this time and the celebration of China Philharmonic Orchestra 20th anniversary was put off.
Though musicians of China Philharmonic Orchestra are confined to play on the stage for vast audiences, they took part in many performance online and educational activities with the dedication to art and job. Thus people still have approached to music. Until August 2, we backed to The Poly Theatre to perform for the medical workers in the capital. This time we finally made our once vibrant music world glow with brilliant colors again.
In spite of the still-existing virus and the absence of some musicians, 2020-2021 China Philharmonic Orchestra Music Season comes at appointed time.
The China Philharmonic Orchestra's last season performance was back in December 2019, and since then, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, all of our remaining 13 performances in the 2019-2020 season have been cancelled, and even the 20th birth anniversary we had planned to celebrate with our audiences didn't happen. After nearly nine months, we've finally waited for the day to return, and we want to share the joy of returning to the stage with our audiences. This season, we will be celebrating our 20th birthday with special concerts paying tribute to Beethoven, Mahler, Ding Shande, Saint-Saëns, Penderecki and many other composers, as well as a number of famous national and international musicians. In addition, there will be more chamber music concerts, and a new chamber music band will be born here. All in all, although this will be a special music season, the China Philharmonic Orchestra still has a lot of surprises for the audience to discover and experience the magic of live performances in the " post-epidemic period ". Due to the current situation of the epidemic, the China Philharmonic Orchestra will work actively with the theatres and other relevant departments to provide the highest level of performances in the new season, while ensuring the health of the audience and artists.
In the past 2019-2020 music season, the China Philharmonic Orchestra had scheduled several concerts for the " China Philharmonic 20th Anniversary Concert Series", but unfortunately many of them had to be cancelled, including the most popular "We were born in 2000: China Philharmonic Orchestra 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert". The China Philharmonic Orchestra has been helping to promote the growth of young Chinese musicians since its establishment, and many of them have already reached the international stage through this platform. This concert, which was originally scheduled for the 20th anniversary of the China Philharmonic Orchestra on May 25, invited five musicians, Yu Mingyue, Lin Ruigeng, Liu Shen, Ouyang Nana and Ju Xiaofu, all born in the year 2000, to join us in celebrating the birthday of the "00s". In this new season, we will make up for this pity, as the five musicians will come together to celebrate both the 20th birthday of the China Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) and the end of its 20th anniversary celebrations. They represent the younger generation of Chinese musicians who have been growing well in recent years and have achieved exciting results. The China Philharmonic Orchestra is proud to be celebrating its birthday with them.
A number of concerts planned by the China Philharmonic Orchestra during the last season to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth was cancelled due to the epidemic. To make up for this pity, the China Philharmonic Orchestra will open the season with a special Beethoven concert on 11 September 2020. In addition, the China Philharmonic Orchestra also planned the "Concert Series to Commemorate the 110th Anniversary of the Death of Gustav Mahler" in the new music season. Through the performance of Mahler’s first, fourth and seventh three symphonies, as well as masterpieces such as the symphony No.5 "Adagietto" and Rückert's songs, it will show the music giant living in the last century in an all-round way Image. Mahler passed away in 1911, and the famous Chinese composer Ding Shande was born in this year. The two composers have a shared love of art song that becomes a bond between them across time and space. 2021 January 10, the China Philharmonic Orchestra will present a concert of Mahler and Ding Shande's "Dialogue in Space", which will show the fascinating connection between the two composers through their musics. French composer Saint-Saëns will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of his death in 2021. His music is popular, but people still habitually underestimate its artistic value. In this special concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of Saint-Saëns' death on 18 April 2021, audiences will have the opportunity to gain a more comprehensive understanding of an artistic career that spanned the entire Romantic period.
On March 29 this year, the former chief guest conductor of the Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish composer and conductor--Pandletski passed away. The China Philharmonic Orchestra, which has always had a very special feeling for him, will give a special concert on the anniversary of his death on November 22nd, paying tribute to him with art songs composed by Penderecki based on Chinese poetry and Verdi's ‘Messa da Requiem’.
The China Philharmonic Orchestra's season is always full of stars. Many of the names of world-class musicians can also be found in the 2020-2021 music season's schedule. The return of master conductor Charles Dutoit is undoubtedly one of the biggest highlights of the season.
And star conductors such as Michael Stern and Lawrence Foster will once again join with the China Philharmonic Orchestra. Russian master conductor Vassily Sinaisky, who has served as Music Director of the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bolshoi Theatre, will be making his first collaboration with the China Philharmonic Orchestra. French pianist Bertrand Chamayou, organist Thierry Escaich, Korean violinist Esther Yoo and cellist Michael Brock will all make their first collaborations with the China Philharmonic Orchestra this season.
With the COVID-19 epidemic still spreading in many overseas countries, artistic exchanges across national borders have been severely affected, and there will be practical difficulties in inviting artists overseas. In such an environment, outstanding Chinese musicians are taking the lead in this season, demonstrating the "Chinese power" of classical music. Furthermore, many elite domestic artists of the younger generation will have a great opportunity to present themselves. Yu Long, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, will conduct seven symphonic concerts. These include works by fifteen composers, including Beethoven, Verdi, Rimsky-Korsakov, Pandletsky, Ding Shande, Chen Qigang and Zou Ye, showing the conductor's all-round artistic talent. Chinese conductors Shi Shucheng, Xia Xiaotang, Huang Yi and Yang Yang will perform in the new season. Excerpts from Smetana's "My Motherland" directed by Shi Shucheng, Mahler's No.7 symphony conducted by Xia Xiaotang, Mahler's No.1 symphony conducted by Huang Yi, "The Yellow River Cantata" by Xian Xinghai conducted by Yang Yang, these are extremely significant symphonic masterpieces.
The world-famous Chinese violinist Ning Feng and pianist Zhang Haochen will return to the China Philharmonic Orchestra's stage this season. They respectively brought their most iconic repertoires: Beethoven's Violin Concerto and Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto. Trumpeter Li Deqin will perform Chen Qigang's trumpet concerto, Eternal Joy. This work was premiered by the China Philharmonic Orchestra at the BBC Promenade Concert Festival in London and won praise from the music industry. A number of outstanding Chinese soloists will collaborate with the China Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time in the new season, including Chinese-American violinist Zhou Ying, winner of the Shanghai Isaac Stern Violin Competition in 2018, violist Mei Di Yang who won the ARD International Music Competition in 2018, and flutist Li Xiaoxi, who has won numerous international competitions in recent years,etc. Outstanding Chinese singers such as Zhang Liping, Yuan Chenye, Song Yuanming, Zhu Huiling, Xiahou Jinxu and Shen Yang will also perform in several vocal concerts during the 2020-2021 season, and the audience will continue to hear the high level of performance from the choir of the Central Opera House on the stage of the China Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition, the China Philharmonic Orchestra will be presenting a new season of new music, with more repertoire from the orchestra's outstanding performers, in order to deliver a perfect performance in this first post-epidemic era. The "Classic Chinese Violin Works Concert" created by the composer-in-residence Zou Ye brings together ten classic violin repertoires born in the 20th century, with ten violinists of the China Philharmonic Orchestra as soloists, this is a rare tour of China's modern violin repertoire. On March 6, another chamber music band born out of the China Philharmonic Orchestra is about to be born: A new look for the China Philharmonic Cello Repertory Orchestra, consisting of performers from the cello section of the Philharmonic Orchestra, will be on display in front of the audience. In this special season, the China Philharmonic Orchestra has scheduled five chamber music concerts, many of them rarely performed in live performances. The China Philharmonic Orchestra will continue its low price policy for the new music season, so that music lovers can experience the beauty of music again at a very low cost in the ‘Nearest Music Season’.
The construction of China Philharmonic Orchestra Concert Hall is under the influence of pandemic as well. However, please people who care about this event be at ease. Our workers must make double efforts to get through the difficulty and construct the ill-fated and widely concerned first class hall in 2022.
Thanks to all the effort musicians of China Philharmonic Orchestra have made!
Thank the society for concerning and helping China Philharmonic Orchestra!
Thanks to all the friends of China Philharmonic Orchestra for walking with us through the triumphant journey!