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Beethoven, Brahms featured in concert

THE Lucerne Symphony Orchestra conducted by James Gaffigan will perform Beethoven's "Piano Concerto No. 3" and Brahms' "Symphony No. 1" Friday at Shanghai Concert Hall.

Pianist Fazil Say, culture ambassador of the European Union, will perform the piano concerto. Glinka's "Overture to Ivan Susanin" will also be presented.

Both Beethoven's piano concerto and Brahms' symphony are written in C minor, which is characterized by strength and power, according to local music critic Li Yanhuan.

"Presenting both in one concert can help the audience learn about the link between chapters in German music history," he says.

Though it was founded in 1806, the Lucerne Symphony is a young orchestra since it keeps providing stage for talented young conductors, according to Li.

"Ten of the principal conductors held the post before they were even 40 years old - that's why the orchestra is sometimes called 'the cradle of celebrity in music'," Li explains.

Conductor Gaffigan, who was just appointed to the post, is no exception - he's 32 years old.

Distinguished conductors over the years have unlocked the potential of this mid-sized, cosmopolitan and flexible ensemble and molded it around their artistic personalities.

The orchestra takes full advantage of the dynamic between tradition and innovation, giving itself over to the classical-romantic repertoire with enthusiasm. Its focus on individual composers gives rise to cycles of their works and deepens audiences' appreciation of their music. It also highlights repertory rarities.

Pianist Say, also a writer and film actor, is a good "player" who can move between classics and modern works, tradition and avant-garde, says Chinese pianist Song Siheng.

"He will always add his own unique understanding, whether playing classics or modern," says Song, "and that unique interpretation is especially outstanding when he plays Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn."

Date: July 1, 7:30pm

Address: 523 Yan'an Rd E.

Tickets: 80-480 yuan

Tel: 962-388


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