Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Frankfurt orchestra performs

By Nie Xin | 2010-5-24
Shanghai Daily


Under the baton of Grammy award-winning conductor Paavo Jarvi, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra will perform at Shanghai Oriental Art Center to celebrate its birthday as well as World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.
ONE of the most innovative and flexible ensembles of its kind in Germany, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its 80th anniversary this season.

Under the baton of Grammy award-winning conductor Paavo Jarvi, the orchestra will perform at Shanghai Oriental Art Center on Wednesday to celebrate its birthday as well as World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

The concert will feature Weber's overture to "Euryanthe," Mozart's "Symphony No. 38 in D Major" ("Prague Symphony") and Bruckner's "Symphony No. 6 in A Major."

The orchestra is known for its broad repertoire and its wide range of concert and CD activities. It is also known for experiments and discoveries in both old and new music in its Music Discovery Project and numerous music projects for children and young people.

Jarvi has been chief conductor since 2006 and his new contract extends through 2013.

Noted Shanghai music critic Li Yanhuan calls the Estonian-born conductor "one of the most sought-after conductors of his generation."

As one of the most important performance venues for the Expo, the Shanghai Oriental Art Center will hold almost 100 concerts during the six-month event ending on October 31.

The entire month of May is Expo month at the center and 15 major concerts will be staged. Performances have been given by the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Stuttgart, the Philharmonia Orchestra from London, the Philadelphia Orchestra collaborating with Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit and Argentinian pianist Martha Argerich and the BBC Symphony Orchestra collaborating with Czech conductor Jiri Belohlovek.

The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and its new conductor Daniel Harding from England will perform in June.

Date: May 26, 7:30pm

Venue: Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong

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