Art Beat

(China Daily)

Updated: 2016-01-06

Beijing

Youth choir to perform

The youth choir of China National Symphony Orchestra will soon perform classics including the Mexican folk song, The Golden Nightingale, and the Blue Danube, adapted from a waltz by Johann Strauss II. Pianists Zhao Lin and Wang Tianyang will join in the show.

7:30 pm, Jan 23. Forbidden City Concert Hall, inside Zhongshan Park, west of Tian'anmen Square, Xicheng district. 010-6559-8285.

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Piano prodigy to play

Blind Chinese pianist Liu Hao will give a recital along with his teacher, renowned Chinese musician Sheng Yuan in the city. Besides playing works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt, the child prodigy will also improvise with Sheng.

7:30 pm, Jan 17. Forbidden City Concert Hall, inside Zhongshan Park, west of Tian'anmen Square, Xicheng district. 010-6559-8285.

Orchestra recitals

The China National Center for the Performing Arts Orchestra led by conductor Lyu Jia will give two recitals, featuring works including Beethoven's Coriolanus Overture and Mozart's Symphonies No 40 & No 41 Jupiter. Cellist Wang Jian (pictured above) will join in the performances, playing Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor, Op 129 and Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 33.

7:30 pm, Jan 15; 2:30 pm, Jan 16. China National Center for the Performing Arts, No 2 West Chang'an Avenue, Xicheng District. 010-6655-0000.

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Shanghai

Novel adapted

French author Francoise Sagan's novel Bonjour Tristesse (Hello Sadness) has been adapted into a modern theater production by Meng Jinghui. It is a one-person show that stars Huang Xiangli, an actress and musician who had earlier done a successful monologue production of Stefan Zweig's Letter from an Unknown Woman, also written and directed by Meng. This is the first time Bonjour has been made into a play.

7:30 pm, through Jan 17. Yihai Theater, 466 Jiangning Road, Jing'an district. 021-6256-0606.

Ballet from Paris

Paris Opera Ballet will present two gala performances in the city. Besides highlights of classical ballet, such as Swan Lake and Manon, the program will also include modern pieces from the company's repertoire. The leading etoiles are Ludmila Pagliero and Karl Paquette.

7:15 pm, Jan 15-16. Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Road, Pudong district. 021-6854-1234.

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Ensemble of swans

Shanghai Ballet will present two performances of Swan Lake. The production choreographed by British artist Derek Deane has just completed a tour in 26 cities of the Netherlands. The spectacular production features an ensemble of 48 dancers.

7:15 pm, Jan 22-23. Shanghai Grand Theater, 300 Renmin Avenue, Huangpu district. 400-106-8686.

(China Daily 01/06/2016 page18)

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